History Literature / ThePearl

31st Jan '17 2:59:07 PM JusticeReaper
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** The pearl itself is another nail. If Kino hadn't found it, the next two-thirds of the plot wouldn't have happened.
30th Jan '17 6:56:36 PM JusticeReaper
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* ForWantOfANail:
** The whole plot is kicked off when Coyotito is stung in his box-bed by a scorpion. The scorpion is creeping down the rope from which Coyotito's box is hanging from the ceiling; Kino is creeping forward to grab it when suddenly Coyotito playfully shakes the rope; Kino then lunges forward to catch the falling scorpion, but he ''just'' misses it, resulting in Coyotito getting stung. If (a) the scorpion hadn't been there in the first place, (b) Coyotito hadn't shaken the rope, or (c) Kino had successfully caught the scorpion, the rest of the plot wouldn't have happened.
** Another example of a nail that happens midway through the book, the nail in this case being Kino's growing obsession with the pearl and the riches it could bring his family, even after two attempts by would-be thieves to steal the pearl from him at that point, resulting in attacks on himself and his family. Had Kino just been humble enough to sell the pearl at the first opportunity, despite the admittedly low price he was being offered for it, the last half of the book wouldn't have taken place. Lampshaded by Kino's brother Juan Tomas after the second robbery attempt:
--> '''Juan Tomas:''' It is the pearl. There is a devil in this pearl. You should have sold it and passed on the devil.
17th Jan '17 11:17:20 AM callsignecho
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''The Pearl'' is the story of Kino, a poor diver. Kino's son, Coyotito, is stung by a scorpion. In order to pay the doctor to cure him, Kino goes diving for pearls. (It's his job anyway, but it's got extra urgency now.) He eventually finds the Pearl of the World, but it brings him nothing but trouble.

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''The Pearl'' is the story of Kino, a happy but poor diver.pearl diver who lives with his wife and son in an indigent Mexican-Indian community on the Gulf. Kino's son, Coyotito, is stung by a scorpion. In order With no other way to pay the doctor to cure him, Kino goes diving for pearls. (It's his job anyway, but it's got extra urgency now.) He eventually finds an enormous, perfect pearl--possibly the largest ever found. He attempts to sell "the Pearl of the World, World," in hopes of buying a better life for his family, but it brings him nothing but trouble.



* CloserToEarth: Quiet, obedient Juana is a pillar of strength for her husband, and is the power and center of their domestic lives. She wants to throw the pearl away at the first sign of trouble, but Kino had already become infatuated with the pearl and the riches it represented.



* GoldFever: More like pearl fever.

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* GoldFever: More like The pearl fever.incites a desperate greed in people.



* {{Leitmotif}}: A literary example in Kino and Juana's Song of Family and The Pearl's Song of Evil
* MacGuffin: The pearl, of course.

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* {{Leitmotif}}: A literary example in Kino and Juana's Song of Family and The Pearl's Song of Evil
Evil.
* MacGuffin: The pearl, If it was not a real life example, it would probably be mocked as the worst example of course.this trope. It's a shiny iridescent bauble with absolutely no intrinsic value. In fact, the pearl buyers [[ExploitedTrope try to use the arbitrary value]] of such one-of-a-kind gem against Kino, saying it is only valuable as a novelty, and making insultingly low offers for the pearl.




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* ShaggyDogStory: After all that struggle and suffering, Kino and Juana [[spoiler: throw the pearl back into the sea]].
17th Jan '17 10:30:18 AM callsignecho
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* AmbitionIsEvil: This is the story's moral, but it's not as {{anvilicious}} [[{{zigzagged}} as it might seem]] if you just read the Cliff's notes. Kino's desires are extravagant by the standards of the Mexican-Indian community he's a part of, but awfully humble compared to the lifestyle of the wealthy white folk who live in town. The narration makes it clear that it's not just the money that makes the pearl buyers balk; it's the idea that a brown man can catapult himself out of poverty through hard work and a bit of luck. They know they must stop Kino before he empowers the indigents and upsets the whole balance of society in the town.

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* AmbitionIsEvil: This is the story's moral, but it's not as {{anvilicious}} [[{{zigzagged}} as it might seem]] if you just read the Cliff's notes. Kino's desires are extravagant by the standards of the Mexican-Indian community he's a part of, but awfully humble compared to the lifestyle of the wealthy white folk who live in town. town. The narration makes it clear that it's not just the money that makes the pearl buyers balk; it's the idea that a brown man can catapult himself out of poverty through hard work and a bit of luck. luck. They know they must stop Kino before he empowers the indigents and upsets the whole balance of society in the town.



* ArtifactOfDoom: The eponymous pearl reveals that HumansAreBastards in myriad ways. It's incites domestic violence from gentle Kino, and in less good-hearted folk it drives greed, jealousy, and even murder.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: The eponymous pearl reveals that HumansAreBastards in myriad ways. It's It incites domestic violence from gentle Kino, and in less good-hearted folk it drives greed, jealousy, and even murder.



* ItsAllJunk

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* ItsAllJunkItsAllJunk: After losing something irreplaceable, the pearl holds no mystique for Kino and Juana.



* LittlestCancerPatient (okay, it's not cancer exactly, but...)



* PhyrricVictory: Kino defeats the men who would have killed him and his family for the pearl, but his happy family life is gone forever.

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* PhyrricVictory: PyrrhicVictory: Kino defeats the men who would have killed him and his family for the pearl, but his happy family life domestic bliss is gone forever.
17th Jan '17 10:19:05 AM callsignecho
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* AmbitionIsEvil

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* AmbitionIsEvilAmbitionIsEvil: This is the story's moral, but it's not as {{anvilicious}} [[{{zigzagged}} as it might seem]] if you just read the Cliff's notes. Kino's desires are extravagant by the standards of the Mexican-Indian community he's a part of, but awfully humble compared to the lifestyle of the wealthy white folk who live in town. The narration makes it clear that it's not just the money that makes the pearl buyers balk; it's the idea that a brown man can catapult himself out of poverty through hard work and a bit of luck. They know they must stop Kino before he empowers the indigents and upsets the whole balance of society in the town.



* ArtifactOfDoom: Sort of, because the eponymous pearl attracts HumansAreBastards and {{Green Eyed Monster}}s.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Sort of, because the The eponymous pearl attracts reveals that HumansAreBastards in myriad ways. It's incites domestic violence from gentle Kino, and {{Green Eyed Monster}}s.in less good-hearted folk it drives greed, jealousy, and even murder.



* LostAesop: The original moral is supposed to be interpreted as 'Greed is bad'. [[FridgeLogic Since when was curing your child of poison and wanting to get your kid an education greedy? Or getting officially married?]]
** Looked at in the cultural context of the setting, and the lack of education of the lower classes, it would actually make sense. Consider: In listing the things he wants to achieve with the riches from the pearl, Kino says he will legally marry Juana and buy the family new clothes. Okay, reasonable. Then he goes on to say he wants to get a rifle for himself [[spoiler:(he does eventually)]], and he'll send Coyotito to school - this last a major deal for his neighbors because of the cultural influence education will have on their simple way of life that they've known for generations. Then, later on in the novel, Kino rehashes these dreams, but his rendition of them is gradually much more grandiose than when they were first mentioned.


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* PhyrricVictory: Kino defeats the men who would have killed him and his family for the pearl, but his happy family life is gone forever.
17th Jan '17 9:41:23 AM callsignecho
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* FantasticRacism
22nd Dec '15 7:35:57 PM thatsbread
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* ArtifactOfDoom: Sort of, because HumansAreBastards.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Sort of, because HumansAreBastards.the eponymous pearl attracts HumansAreBastards and {{Green Eyed Monster}}s.
10th May '13 8:04:14 AM MarkLungo
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The story was set in 1947.

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The story A Spanish-language FilmOfTheBook was set released, also in 1947.
9th Apr '13 7:22:21 PM ndboy
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The story was filmed in 1947.

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The story was filmed set in 1947.
20th Mar '13 1:14:26 PM Tuckerscreator
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* InvisibleStreaker: In a sense; late in the book Kino strips naked so that he'll be better camouflaged in the dark.



* JerkAss: The doctor who treats Coyotito comes to mind...

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* JerkAss: {{Jerkass}}: The doctor who treats Coyotito comes to mind...
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