The Pearl Chapters 1-5
1. In what ways does Steinbeck show the depth of feeling between Kino and Juana? Steinbeck shows the depth of feeling between Kino and Juana by saying that they can communicate with each other without even speaking to each other. They can tell what the other one is feeling just by simple signs such as sighing and facial expressions.
2. Why do you think that no new songs were being added to the old songs of Kino’s people? I think that no new songs were being added to the old songs of Kino’s people because all of the people who had made them up had died. Maybe Kino wanted to keep traditions and he could do that by singing old songs.
3. How does Steinbeck show Kino’s awareness and understanding of animals? Steinbeck shows Kino’s awareness and understanding of animals when the scorpion is above Coyotito. Instead of just loudly trying to get the scorpion away, Kino took his time. He knew that if he went too quickly, the scorpion would become startled and bite the baby.
4. In what way does Juana’s behavior surprise Kino when the scorpion stings Coyotito? Juana’s behavior when the scorpion stings Coyotito surprises Kino because Juana was a patient, fragile wife. She, who was obedient, respectful, cheerful, independent and patient, could arch her back in child pain with hardly a cry. She could stand fatigue and hunger almost better than Kino himself. This means that if she was to call for the doctor, she must care about the baby very much.
5. The doctor’s servant ‘shut the gate quickly out of shame’ (page 28). Why do you think the servant felt shame? I think the doctor’s servant felt shame because he was lying to Kino. He told them that the doctor had gone out. Also, the servant was one of Kino’s race. When Kino had spoken to him in the old language, he had refused to talk back in the old language.
1. How does Steinbeck’s description of the life under the sea differ from that of life on land?...
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