The Pearl

Claire Sipple

Song of the Pearl: End

Lose Yourself: Eminem


In the end of the novella, the song of the pearl symbolizes darkness and evil. On page 69, it says, "Kino gripped the handle of the big hard working knife... The music of the pearl was triumphant in Kino's head." In that line, the song of the pearl is being used as a symbol of evil or bad coming towards Kino. So, he tries to defend his pearl, even though the pearl is causing rage inside him.


I INTERPRETED THIS DIFFERENTLY! "Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity, oh there goes Rabbit, he chocked, he's so mad, but he won't give up that easy..." These are just a few lyrics that make me think of Kino in the end of the book. In the song "Lose Yourself," by Eminem, he gets lost in his life and isn't the same, just like Kino. Another reason is that Kino doesn't look at Coyotito the same after the pearl. In the song, it says, "He goes home and barely knows his own daughter..." This shows that in both cases, the person is being changed for the worse.

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Eminem - Lose Yourself (Official Music Video)

The Song of the Pearl: Beginning

Marry Me: Jason Derulo


When Kino first finds the pearl, he is ecstatic. He want to get married, get his son an education, and get a rifle. The Song of the Pearl is happy and joyful in the beginning. On page 24, Kino says, "We will be married- in the church." Kino also wants more canoes to add to his wealth. But Kino doesn't know it will get worse later on.


The song Marry Me, by Jason Deurlo, talks about getting married and being happy. The reason I picked this song is because it goes with the idea of Kino getting officially married to Juana really well. It also shows the happiness the pearl brought them in the beginning of the book.

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Marry Me by Jason Derulo, lyrics

Song of Evil

Animals: Maroon 5


The Song of Evil is first mentioned on page 5. "In his mind a new song had come, the Song of Evil..." This is happening when Kino first sees the scorpion. He can tell that something bad is going to happen. He even tries to stop the evil from happening, but instead Coyotito gets stung.


The reason I chose the song Animals, by Maroon 5, is because it's like evil is tracking down Kino like an animal where ever he goes. "You think that you can hide, but I can smell your scent for miles , just like animals..." So the scorpion is the beginning of evil and the pearl comes to follow, and eventually death.

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Maroon 5 Animals (lyrics on Screen)

Song of the Enemy

Thriller: Michael Jackson


The Song of the Enemy is mentioned very early in the book. It is mentioned when Kino stomps on the scorpion after Coyotito has been stung. The song causes rage inside Kino just like the pearl. On page 6, it says, "His teeth were bared and fury flared in his eyes and the Song of the Enemy roared in his ears."


The song Thriller, by Michael Jackson, talks about dead people trying to taunt and terrorize you. I thought it connected well because the enemy is always trying to kill or seriously injure someone just like in the song. When Kino is being attacked, the song of the enemy roars in his ears, and in Thriller, the enemy makes you nonfunctional.

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Michael Jackson - Thriller Lyrics

Song of the Family

For The First Time in Forever: Kristen Bell


The Song of the Family is described as happy and everything is perfect. Juana is making breakfast and Coyotito is healthy and happy. They are a complete family. It is also in the end of the book. On page 84, it says, "But the Song of the Family had become as fierce and sharp and feline as the snarl of a female puma." The Song of the Family finally comes back and it is more triumphant than the evil and darkness.


This song is like the Song of the Family because it talks about how everything will be perfect. She will see her sister that day. So everything will go well with the family in the beginning just like in the beginning of Kino's morning. Then in both scenes, things go bad and don't return to normal for a while.

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For The First Time in Forever

Song of the Book

I Won't Give Up: Jason Mraz


I thought the moral of the story was to not give up for a few reasons. First of all, Juana never gave up on Kino even after he murdered a man. She kept loving him and just kept living life, even if it meant it would take her life. Secondly, Kino never gave up trying to get a good price on the pearl, even though he throws it into the ocean. Lastly, Juana and Kino never gave up on trying to find medical help for Coyotito even if it meant it could possibly kill the baby.


So the whole meaning of the song is to not give up. It says, "I won't give up on us, even if the skies get rough." Kino and Juana never gave up even when the going got rough. In the song it says, "When I look into your eyes, it's like watching the night sky." That is the same way Kino describes Juana on the first page.

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Jason Mraz - I Won't Give Up [Official Music Video]