John Steinbeck’s The Pearl is the story of Kino, a poor Mexican pearl harvester who finds the pearl of the century one day. With it comes hopes and dreams of a better future with his family, a wedding for him and his wife Juana, school for his newborn son, new clothes, and a new home. But when news spreads about Kino’s find, all around begin scheming to take advantage of Kino. The pearl buyers try to cheat him, and the local doctor sickens Kino’s son so he can then cure him and charge Kino. The pearl is actually a bearer of bad fortune, instead of good, and Kino must return it from where it came.
I liked this story; it’s actually an old folk-tale. However, it is a bit depressing. While I’m sure it wasn’t the intentional message, I felt like the story was saying “when good things happen to you everyone will try and take it away and everything you love out of life will disappear”. Nice huh?