The Pearl Oppression

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John Steinbeck uses oppression in his novella The Pearl and makes Kino and his people, who are all fishermen, live in poverty. Oppression is when a group of people have power to control the minorities in a cruel and unfair manner. In Steinbeck's novella, The Pearl, Kino and Juana face social and economic oppression even when they have “the pearl of the world.” In the early 1900s, the little village and town was separated into two parts: the Spanish colonists and the natives. The Spanish colonists lived in the village and considered themselves the majority group while the natives lived in brush houses and were considered the minorities and they are oppressed by the Spanish colonists. The Spanish colonists wouldn’t help the natives when they needed…show more content…
This means that their choices, what you decide to do, were very limited. They lived on a very tight budget until when Kino found “the pearl of the world”, and his family’s options opened up and they could afford to have their basic needs and wants. When Kino was asked what he will do with the pearl by Juan Tomas, he replied, “We will get married at the church”... “We will have new clothes” ...”A rifle” he said. “Perhaps a rifle” …”My son will go to school”(Steinbeck 24-26). This shows that Kino and Juana have faced economic oppression because before he found the pearl, his family could barely afford to maintain themselves. With “the greatest pearl of the world,” he can properly marry Juana at the church, purchase new, clean clothes for him and his family and stop wearing rags, get a rifle that would show power and to protect his family from danger, and afford an education for Coyotito which will provide a promising future for Coyotito and his family. The pearl created many options for Kino to improve his
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