The Pearl Notes: Chapter 1

December 29, 2018 Music

1. Kino and Juana live in a lower class society, where many things wouldbecome village affairs, and the family was extremely important. WhenCoyotito was stung by a scorpion and Kino and Juana went to the doctor,most of the village followed them. The family was proven to be importantbecause it was all Kino and Juana had. The poverty was obvious, because,when Kino had to save his son, all he had were a few worthless pearls.

2. In the morning when Kino awakens, he heard the “Song of the Family.”This was caused by the fact that Kino knew his life, with his family, waswhole. Another song Kino hears is the “Song of Evil,” or the music of theenemy. This was first caused by the scorpion that stung Coyotito, and waslater caused when Kino thought about the doctor and his people who hurtKino’s people. Finally, the song was again caused by the doctors refusal totreat Coyotito. In Chapter Two Kino hears the “Song of the Pearl that MightBe,” which was a song of hope for Kino and his family. This happenedwhenever Kino went diving.

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3. The ants Kino watched where struggling to get out of a trap. Kino didnothing to help or hurt them, as they where part of the “Song of theFamily” and were natural. In chapter one it could be said that Kino andJuana where trying to get out of the trap that they were living in, whichwas characterized by the fact that the doctor and his people were incontrol, and would not help Kino or his people, therefore laying the trapthat luck alone determined wether on of Kino’s people lived to adulthood ornot.

5. Kino was a man who was typical of his breed. He would go straightthrough a problem, attacking it directly. He cared much for his wife andson, but was very stubborn. As described, he was sold in his colors. He hadno grey areas, only black and white. His love of his family was white, hisstubbornness black. Neither would bend. Juana was a loving, strong, anddisgustingly obedient. She would probably made a better family head, butKino’s ego would not allow it. Should was not influenced by pride, andtried to go around problems rather than through them.

6. Since the Europeans treated the Indians “like animals” the doctorsstatement about himself and his medical practice was predictable. Hisstatement was also an example of irony. It really meant he was at home anddid not consider Coyotito’s life worth saving, as his opinion of Indianswas that they were subhuman.

7. The doctor was a stout and considerably rich man, who had no selfrespect, as no self-respecting human being could turn away a person like hedid. He wanted to go back to Paris, eat in restaurants, and have amistress. In my opinion the doctor is in fact more uncivilized, or at leastmore evil, than any of Kino’s people, because he had the power to helpthem, yet did not.

8. The brush houses were weaker, but natural, while the plaster houses wereunnatural, but more secure. The people who lived in the brush houses werepoor, but considered themselves civilized, while the people who lived inthe plaster houses were safer, but considered the Indians uncivilized. Iconclude from this that the people who lived in plaster houses considerednature uncivilized, while the Indians considered it a way of life.

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