The Pearl, written by John Steinbeck, is a touching story about a poor family whom finds a great pearl, which in turn helps them discover their dreams, but also the evil that lurks inside of them. Kino and Juana, the main characters, battle it out with human nature. The intriguing novelette was then made a movie, and it was directed by Emilio Fernandez and produced by Oscar Dancigers. Although the two versions have many similarities, the most perceptible are the stark differences. Two are analyzed: the crisp differences of their lifestyles and the imagery of animals throughout the tale.
The Kino in the film and the Kino in the novel seemed to live incredibly different lives. For instance, in the movie, it opened with Kino starving; the sea refuses them, while in the novel, he contently ate corn cake and drank pulque. In addition, Kino seemed to fit in well in society and have a fulfilling life already on screen, while Kino in the manuscript knew his house was poor and his boat was his only bulwark. These differences alone changed the mood of the audience.
Kino seemed “only human” in the “The Pearl”, but on the pages he seemed as a beast, unsophisticated. For example, Kino laughed when he discovered the pearl, but in the texts, he howled—like a dog would. Then, in the film, Juana seemed scared, hurt, when Kino hit her and was angry, but in the text Juana was “unfrightened like a sheep before a butcher” (The Pearl, John Steinbeck, ). Significantly different were the ways Kino protected the pearl: In the video, Kino typically hid it under the Virgin Mary, but in great contrast, he buried it, a habit of many animals, in various places.