Welcome to English 9 Pre-AP. Collect summer assignment Due today – Late work = 25% reduction Assessment Review sheet Rationale for summer reading assignment John Steinbeck and texts Reflection. Rationale for Summer Reading Assignment. Theme – Overcoming Adversity
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Published in 1937 as a novella
Adapted into a play
Filmed in 1939, 1981, and 1992
Pre-Pulitzer (1940 for Grapes of Wrath)
American dream, migrant workers, male relationships
A simple story that relays a moral message
What’s the moral message in The Pearl?
Novella – a shortened form of fictional development lying between novel and short story
Usually not divided into chapters
Mexican-Indian coastal village – La Paz on the Baja peninsula – Gulf of California
Late 19th or early 20th century
Third person omniscient
Greed as a destructive force
Societies oppression of native cultures
The role of fate in shaping lives
Good vs. Evil
The importance of family
How does the novella’s conclusion complete Steinbeck’s moral argument? Could the novella have ended in any other way? Is it wise of Kino to throw the pearl back into the sea, or should he have searched for another option?
What role does family play in The Pearl? How does the loyalty of Kino’s family members (especially Juana and Juan Tomás) affect his actions? Was Juan Tomás correct to shield Kino from the law after he had committed murder? Is Juana correct to be so submissive to him? Does either character have a choice?
Some critics read The Pearl as a very specific critique of the American dream of wealth and success. Is this reading plausible, or does it limit it unnecessarily? If the story is about the American dream, why is it set in a colonial Mexican society?
Mid-California coast about 15 miles south of Monterey
Third – person limited
Setting – 1930’s in southern California
Point of View – third person omniscient
The American Dream
The Weak and the Strong
What kinds of circumstances are truly beyond an individual’s control and what options are truly within the realm of personal choice?
Respond referencing all three texts