The Pearl

Kelly Reed

Theme

Temptation leads to harm, but faith in God overcomes the obstacles.

This theme is splattered all over the Pearl. In the book it states, "There is a devil in this pearl. You should have sold it and passed on the devil. Perhaps you can still sell it and buy peace for yourself” (Steinbeck 65). Kino is consumed by the temptation and he hasn't realized the intention that God has for him. This quote shows that the pearl is the devil and causing him to focus on the temptation and sin. This devil took over Kino and he is drowning in the sin. In the end of the book he finally threw the pearl because the evilness in it caused the death of Coyotito and he then understood God's plan. Just like in the movie Project Almanac. God had led them to find the time travel machine and probably for an important reason. They began going back in time for fun like going to concerts, redoing tests, and this wasn't God's intention. Every time they went back and changed something it changed something in the future. It had caused a plane crash and deaths. Like Kino they were consumed with the temptation. After it had already hurt people they realized that this wasn't the intention that God had, and they had to let it go and fix everything.

Scripture Relating to The Pearl

This whole book can be related to the bible. In the New Testament it states, "Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wondered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness"(1st Timothy 6:9-11). God has an intention for everything you receive from him, but sometimes we fall short and get wrapped up in the temptation. Kino did the same thing. He saw what the pearl could get them, they could have a big wedding, Coyotito could go to school, new house, clothing, and more. Juana knew what God's intention was and that this pearl would destroy them, but Kino's sin took him over and "brainwashed" him in thinking that there was nothing wrong and that this pearl was their chance for a new beginning. In the end the evilness won and Kino was left with grief.

Illustration of The Book

“But the pearls were accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God or the gods or both.”(Steinbeck 17). The tear drop represents God crying. The bloody handprint resembles the death of Coyotito. This bloody hand print is on the pearl because the intention of the pearl was to save the baby, but Kino's consumption of the sin resulted in the baby's death. Kino ignored God's intention, and let the evilness take over. When you're caught up in drama, money, or anything else that consumes us we need to stop and revaluate our actions and if their matching God's intention.