The Pearl Study Guide

The Pearl

The Pearl by John Steinbeck

The Pearl is an allegorical novella about the perils of greed and the pursuit of wealth. It tells the story of Kino, a Mexican man whose son, Coyotito, is stung by a scorpion. Kino is unable to pay for medicine, but later discovers an enormous pearl too valuable to sell in his small town. Kino's struggles to sell the pearl form the crux of the novella's conflict and ultimately lead to the death of his son.