Essay Topic 1
Race is an important theme throughout the novel. Discuss how race is shown and how this tension causes problems for Kino and his family.
1.) How would a less-biased response from the doctor or his servant at the gate affected the rest of the story? Would the outcome be different if the doctor had treated Coyotito from his scorpion bite initially?
2.) How do the pearl buyers represent the oppression that a biased social structure brings to the community? How do they work against the divers and prevent a fair deal?
3.) How does this racial situation affect Kino's response to the dead man he stabbed?
Essay Topic 2
Ignorance is an unfortunate partner to racism in this novel. How does ignorance play an important role in how Kino reacts to his environment?
1.) How does Kino react when the priest mentions knowledge from the book? What is his...
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