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The Pearl is a book written by John Steinbeck and talks about the story of a small poor fishermen family, where the leading characters Kino, Juana and Coyotito where having, like every other, an ordinary day until Kinos son Coyotito gets bitten by a scorpion. Juana, Kinos wife, tells him in a calm way to get the doctor, but as Kino and the neighbours gathered around them know the doctor doesn’t come to this part of town. Therefor Kino and Juana urgently make their way to the doctors house. They knock on his gate and talk to a man of their own race, and tell him about the incident and that the baby needs help of  the healer. The man tells them that the doctor needs money in exchange to fulfill their wish, which the poor family doesn’t have. As a result Kino takes the mather in his own hands and searches in the bottom of the sea, in hopes of finding anything valuable. This he does, he comes across a large sized oyster,  which was particularly opened and ancient. He opened it and found the so called “Pearl of the World”, but little did Kino know that the content of that ostyr would flip his and his family’s life upside down. In the story of The Pearl, the leading characters are surrounded by a few clear symbols, which i will be analyzing. The story starts of with Coyotito getting bitten by a scorpion and therefore it is the first symbol. The scorpion has a big impact in the future of the family and is actually the first thing to change it. It is described as something evil and dark. This we find out from Kinos inner thoughts, as the scorpion gets closer and closer to Coyotito. During that time their occurs an transition in his head from peaceful music “In Kinos head there was a song now, clear and soft, and if he had been able to speak of it, he would have called it the Song of the Family” to heavy and dark music “In his mind a new song had come, the Song of Evil, the music of the enemy, of any foe of the family, a savage, secret, dangerous melody, and underneath the Song of family cried plaintively”. The scorpion makes a important and big plot twist to the story and is described as something threatening, the “enemy”. During the time of the incident Juana was repeating a ancient magic to guard her son from the vicious specie “Under her breath Juana repeated an ancient magic to guard from such evil, and on top of that she muttered a Hail Mary between clenched teeth.”. This says that the scorpion is a evil specie that only offers pain, if you get infected by its venom. Another notable symbol is the pearl, which appears a bit after the first plot twist and therefore is the second. It is described in the beginning as something big, beautiful, valuable and precious. “It was as large as a sea-gull’s egg. It was the greatest pearl in the world”, “And to Kino the secret melody of the maybe pearl was clear and beautiful, rich and warm and lovely, glowing and gloating and triumphant. In the surface of the great pearl he could see dreams forms.”. It was something that could change your life drastically and make it better. It could furthermore help getting medical attention and later on a proper education for Coyotito. It is seen as something beneficial and positive for the future of the family, which made it something very important to Kino. Later on the view of the pearl changes, it darkens and becomes something evil, like the scorpion. It makes the one possessing it a target to others, because of its value, and strengthens the greediness of the one to. Kino for instance was in the beginning a simple fisherman living a poor life in peace with all of his neighbours and friends, but after finding the pearl many people targeted him and tried in multiple occasions to steal it. He also became a new person, he killed several people and hit his wife at on point because of the pearls sake. Someone in the story who understood the evilness the pearl influence with was his wife Juana. “This thing is evil. This pearl is like a sin! It will destroy us.” she said. But as stubborn as he was he didnt listen to her. He was first and far most thinking about the future of his son, but also his family. “This is our one chance. Our son must go to school. He must break out of the pot that holds us in.”  Little did he know that the pearl was the main reason of his son’s downfall.The third and final symbol is the canoe, which represents the ordinary life Kinos and his family has. It shows how he isn’t in need of any wealth or money to be satisfied with his life. It also gives us a brief picture of how his people have it and about their culture. As the story progresses Kino and his wife discover a hole in the canoe and therefore cannot travel anymore. It’s here their old lives come to an end. The broken and unusable canoe represents their old lives, which they couldn’t return to.To conclude this analysis you could say that it appears a few symbols in the story, these are the scorpion, the pearl and the canoe. These symbols are totally different from each other andrepresent different things, besides the scorpion and the pearl which later on, in the text, actually share some similarities and in a way merge together. The scorpion is described as something dark and threatening whereas the pearl, at first, is something beautiful and bright. Later on in the text the perspective of the pearl changes it becomes more evil and possesfull. Not only for Kino and his family but for the people in his surroundings. “The essence of pearl mixed with essence of men and a curious dark residue was precipitated. Every man suddenly became related to Kino’s pearl, and Kino’s pearl went into the dreams, the speculations, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the needs, the lusts, the hungers, of everyone…” this is what it says in the novel when the word about the pearl has gotten around the town, which some people can relate to when they find out that someone is in possession of something valuable.  The canoe is described in the beginning as something that represents the simplicity and ordinarity of Kino’s life. Its meaning changes when Kino is in possession of the pearl and the canoe gets broken. Then it represents the ending of their old lives. In terms of the other two symbols the canoe has more of a meaning, than being something that has a impact at the characters like for instance it doesn’t hurt them , like the scorpion, or posses them, like the pearl did. This symbol is more “friendly” you could say.    Greediness is described as something possessing and powerful, in the story. It shows how it can ruin you life and how it can ruin other people’s lives to. In the story, it is Kino who is possessed by greediness, after he finds the pearl. It is greediness that makes him do a lot of bad things and it is also one of many reasons why his son died. I think that the writer pushed it to a whole nother level and described grediness as something horrifying. That it can make you a murderer, like Kino. That’s not the case in today’s society. If anything it can be something positive, like when athletes lose, when they are competing, its greediness that pushes them to wanna win even more. It’s something that motivates them. But at the same time it can be something negative and that’s what the writer is trying to show us, how easily people’s lives can turn from being great to becoming awful, when valuable materialistic things come to mind. It can show how one good person can become a “monster”, like Kino. Or at least totally different. We put to much focus on materialistic things and forget what actually matters in life, which is family, food and friends.