The Pearl is a novella by John Steinbeck that originally appeared in the magazine Woman’s Home Companion in 1945 under the title “The Pearl of the World.”


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See a complete list of the characters in The Pearl and in-depth analyses of Kino, Juana, and The Doctor.

Literary Devices

Here's where you'll find analysis of the main themes, symbols, and motifs in The Pearl as well as a discussion of how the novella can be interpreted as a parable or an allegory.


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Quick Quizzes

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Further Study

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