a neighbour’s boat. His strong moral sense stands out in shape contrast with the scrupulous pearl buyers, thedoctor and the other “civilised” men.
Choose one of the novels. To what extent is the theme of
in the novel you havechosen? Give evidence from the text to support your answer.
The question of justice, or injustice, forms an important theme in “The Pearl”.Injustice is first shown in the character of the doctor, who is only interested in treating the rich. A society wherethe poor have no access no medical treatment is surely unjust. In fact, the doctor comes from a race which for hundreds of year has oppressed and cheated Kino’s race. Like others of his race, the doctor sees the natives onlyas servants to be exploited, or victims to be cheated and robbed.The theme of injustice is also expressed in the character of the priest, who does not marry Kino and Juana because they cannot afford to make a contribution to the church.The pearl dealers, representing the merchant class, also conduct their behaviour with no regard to fair play or justice. Their only goal is to get the magnificent pearl cheaply. Playing on Kino’s ignorance and monopolisticsituation, they offer him a paltry sum for his pearl.One of the ways in which Steinbeck makes clear his hatred of the injustice is to contrast the behaviour of the so-called “superior” race with that of the “inferior” one. Think for example, of the occasion when Kino’s canoe isdestroyed and his life in danger, Kino still does not even entertain the thought of taking a neighbour’s boat. Hisstrong moral sense stands out in sharp contrast with the unscrupulous pearl buyers, the doctor and the other “civilised” men.
Money is the root of all evil
. Support your answer with evidence from the text.
“The Pearl” is set in a society that is divided into two main groups: the rich and the poor. The poor people areexploited by the rich figures of authority such as the doctor and the pearl dealers. For example, the doctor is onlyinterested in treating rich people and later, to get the pearl from Kino, even poisons the baby. Next, the priest isonly interested in money. He does not marry Kino and Juana because they cannot afford to make a contribution tothe church but rushes to see Kino when he has the pearl. Then, the pearl dealers play on Kino’s ignorance and themonopolistic situation so as to make as much money as they can.When Kino finds the “Pearl of the World,” he believes the great pearl is his ticket to health, an education, and a better life. However, is brings a string of disasters – the doctor poisons the baby; Kino stabs a man who attemptsto enter his cabin to steal the pearl; Kino hits Juana for trying to throw away the pearl; and finally Coyotito iskilled. Therefore, in this story it is true that money is the root of all evil.
6.Choose one novel. To what extent does this novel express the importance of love? Support youranswer with close reference to the novel you have studied.
The story of “The Pearl” is centred around the life of a family. Kino, Juana and their child, Coyotito. They wereliving an idyllic life, and from the opening chapters, it is said that in Kino’s head there was just one song – theSong of the Family.Then the trouble befell them. When Coyotito was stung by the scorpion, we could see that Kino and Juana’sactions were propelled by their love and concern for their child. First, ignoring the danger to himself, Kino triedto catch the scorpion with his bare hand. Then, they were willing to face humiliation to beg the doctor to helptheir sick child. Then, when they went pearl diving, Juana’s prayer was so intense because her need was so great,the need to help her ailing child.After they found the pearl, somehow Coyotito had recovered. So Kino’s desires change. At this point, he diddesire things for himself, a harpoon, a rife for example, but these dreams paled in comparison to his dreams for a better life for Coyotito. He dreamt that his child would go to school. Juana’s dreams were also centred on lovefor her family – she wanted to be properly married in church.Then, when things went wrong, the couple again showed that their actions and decisions were based on their love for each other. When Kino hit Juana in a rage, she was not swayed in her devotion on him. Her thoughtswere for him, and not herself. When the trackers were closing in on them, Kino wanted to lead the trackers away,sacrificing himself so his family could escape. In response, Juana refused to let him make this sacrifice. Right tothe end, when the child is killed, we can see that the couple’s strong love for each other held them together as astrong family unit.
7.What have you read in the novel that teachers you importance of perseverance? Refer closely to one of the prescribed novels.