The Pearl Symbolism
Updated: 3/1/2019
The Pearl Symbolism
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The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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The Pearl by John Steinbeck is a fascinating story with the age-old moral to be careful what you wish for. The novella features interesting characters, rich themes, and intense conflict to tell the story of what happens when your biggest wish comes true.


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The Pearl

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The Pearl Symbolism John Steinbeck. Use graphic organizers to analyze themes and symbolism in literature!

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  • EVOLUTION OF THE PEARL - SYMBOL
  • THE PEARL
  • BEGINNING
  • MIDDLE
  • END
  • Fate: The pearl was grown from a piece of sand lying on the ocean floor, its existence purely happened by chance. This lends to the theme of fate because a pearl's creation is just that: made by fate.
  • Fortune: Due to the pearl's rarity a monetary value was assigned to it, making it a materialistic item worth a large sum of money. Once Kino returns with it, he brags about all he can do and buy with the money from its sale.
  • Greed/Evil: By the end of the novella, the pearl is coveted and represents all the evil and greed in the world. The pearl only brought death and destruction to the family, as it attracted thieves who desired it.
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