The Pearl Summary
John Steinbeck

Everything you need to understand or teach The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

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The Pearl Overview

“The Pearl” is a novel by award-winning author John Steinbeck. Published in 1947, the novel tells the story of Kino, a pearl diver who lives in the poorest section of La Paz, a town on the Gulf, with his wife Juana and baby son Coyotito. One day Kino finds an enormous pearl and believes that it will change his life by allowing him to buy many things for his family and educate his son. When Kino goes to the pearl buyers to sell the pearl, however, they offer him a fraction of what it is worth. Kino knows that he is being cheated and decides that he will sell his pearl in the capital, which goes against the way things have always been done and challenges the structure of life in the town. Kino kills a man who tries to rob him and he leaves town with his small family. They are pursued by trackers and flee into the mountains, where Coyotito is shot and killed. Having lost all that matters to them Kino and Juana return to the town and he throws the pearl back into the Gulf. John Steinbeck won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1939 novel “The Grapes of Wrath”, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962.

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