Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Pearl: Sample Answer 4b

Which character in the novel “The Pearl” do you sympathise? Give evidence from the novel to support your answer.

Outline of answer if you choose Kino

- The only breadwinner of the family.
- Works very hard, responsible father and a husband.
- Finds pearl, thinks of a better future for his family.

Why readers sympathise or feel sorry for Kino?

- Kino feels frustrated and humiliated when the doctor refuses to treat his son Coyotito
- The pearl buyers cheat Kino by offering him very low prices.
- Kino fights an intruder who wants to steal his pearl and is hurt (blood runs down from his forehead)
- Kino is attacked outside his house by an intruder. Blood oozes form his scalp. He got a long deep cut which stretches from his ear to chin.
- Kino feels disappointed that he cannot sell his pearl for a good price.
- Kino is attacked again on the beach. He kills one of them in self-defense.
- Kino finds his canoe with a great hole at the bottom. His canoe is destroyed.
- His house is set on fire. Kino and Juana are homeless and unsafe.
- Kino has to get his family out from his village and heads to the mountains.
- Kino feels that his family is in danger. He must protect them. He kills three trackers to save his family.
- Kino loses his son Coyotito who is shot dead.
- Kino makes the most important decision in his life: he throws the pearl back into the sea.

Throughout the story, Kino suffers physically, mentally and emotionally. He goes through a great deal of sufferings. His dreams are shattered. He loses everything including his first-born. Kino defies the old order of life and reality, but becomes a loser in the end.

Outline of answer if you choose Juana

-The loyal wife of Kino.
-Works very hard, responsible, selfless, caring, mother and wife.
- Supports Kino in everything he does, forewarns that the pearl is evil.

Why readers sympathise or feel sorry for Juana?

- Does all the house work obediently and is concerned with the welfare of the family.
- Sucks the scorpion’s poison out of Coyotito without thinking of her own safety.
- Gathers seaweed to prepare a remedy to treat Coyotito.
- Tries to help Kino when intruders attack, and feels frightened for Kino’s safety.
- Forewarns Kino that the pearl will only destroy them as it is evil.
- Tries to throw the pearl without Kino’s knowledge.
- Juana is beaten by Kino. He also kicks her. But, she does not fight back as she is loyal and obedient.
- Realises that Kino has killed a man in self-defense.
- Bring Coyotito from the house which is set on fire.
- Insists that they flee the village to escape from evil men.
- Carries Coyotito from their village and heads to the mountains with Kino.
- Protects Coyotito with her life.
- Juana loses her son Coyotito who is shot dead.
- Convinces Kino to throw the pearl back into the sea.

Throughout the story, Juana suffers physically, mentally and emotionally. She goes through a great deal of sufferings. She loses everything including her first-born. Juana knows that they have gone against the old order of life and there is no turning back. In the end, she loses everything.

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