Imagery and Mood of the Pearl

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Imagery and Mood of The Pearl In the book The Pearl, John Steinbeck shows how imagery can be used to produce mood. Steinbeck uses many different images to establish the mood of the story through mainly his choice of words and details of the setting. He puts an image in the reader's mind, which sets on atmosphere for the setting. Using many similes and metaphors the perfect mood is acquired for this work of art. It is very important to note how throughout the story Steinbeck compares the characters to animals. This use of imagery is mainly used in the last chapter with Kino, Juana and the trackers. For example, the trackers are said to be "as sensitive as hounds"(73), "excited dogs on a warming trail"(73), and "scurrying ants and behind them a larger ant"(80). These similes and metaphors put an image in one's mind about how Kino saw the trackers and felt, being stalked by these 'dogs.' A very distinct image is after Kino finds the pearl, he "howls"(20). This displays an image of Kin Continue...


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Steinbeck does a wonderful job of setting the mood by imagery in this story. The town passes on information about his discovery like a "nervous system" (21). As you can see imagery is displayed everywhere in The Pearl. Steinbeck uses many animal phases describing characters and setting to create imagery to give the mood. "And the pearl settled into the lovely green water and dropped toward the bottom. The lights on it's surface were green and lovely"(90). This song starts out pleasant, but at the end of the book Kino describes it as being "distorted and insane"(89). This seems to set the mood of the town after Kino had found the pearl. o as an animal, throwing his head back and howling. As the story continues, the pearl seems to get more and more evil. In the third chapter Steinbeck describes the town as a "colonial animal"(21). Sometimes it rose to an aching chord that caught the throat, saying this is safety, this is warmth, this is the Whole"(3). At the beginning he frequently hears the Music of the Family.

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