The Tipping Point Analysis

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Malcolm Gladwell's book "The Tipping Point" really emphasizes all of the factors that go into an epidemic such as the epidemic in John Steinbeck's book "The Pearl". One of the essential parts of an epidemic that Gladwell made sure to emphasize on is the importance of something called a connector. In Steinbeck's book a pearl discovered by one of the main characters Kino, the pearl worked as a connector through Kino. The pearl as a connector had the power and capability to impact a town through all of history, change the mentality of men, and unlock the door to new opportunities. Connectors such as the pearl had the ability to make such an impact so that time itself is referenced differently. Connectors have a way of changing the minds and initial…show more content…
The pearl had many different (lessons connected to it) that led people to discover new things. Steinbeck said "If this story is a parable, perhaps everyone takes his own meaning from it and reads his own life into it. In any case, they say in the town that..."(The Pearl 00), he meant that there are lots of ways to interpret what the pearl means. Steinbeck's quote provided the real reason to what he wanted his readers to get out of "The Pearl". Steinbeck wanted his readers to take away a new meaning of the pearl, though he didn't say that but the pearl was the reason why we as readers would take our own meaning from from the story. The pearl could have been a example of what true evil was and how the evil spread. Kino is a great example of how the pearl connected kino to different places, though Kino was not able to pursue because of the physical aspect of the pearl. The pearl to some people may have been a paradox, where a seemingly positive object can be (evil). In "The Tipping Point" Gladwell stated that "We rely on them [Connectors or even a "Pearl"] to give us access to opportunities and worlds in which we do not belong." this statement is what the pearl really revels about itself throughout the "The Pearl". Steinbeck keeps the fact that the people in Kino's city made these connections though hidden but the context clues are there. The different connectors that Gladwell pointed out in the tipping point have the same characteristics as the pearl in Steinbeck's "The Pearl". The pearl connected different ideas and put into people's heads so they all have a different kind of meaning from the connection they make with the pearl. Steinbeck wanted to connect his readers to the pearl and everyone one together get a different view but at the same time open another

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