‘Juana’s steadfast spirit makes her a pillar of strength to her family.’ Drawing illustrations from The Pearl by Steinbeck, support the statement.
‘JUANA’S STEADFAST SPIRIT MAKES HER A PILLAR OF STRENGTH TO HER FAMILY.’ DRAWING ILLUSTRATIONS FROM THE PEARL BY STEINBECK, SUPPORT THE STATEMENT.
People who have a strong will power have a tendency of providing support to their loved ones in times of need. This is clearly demonstrated by Juana’s acts of self-sacrifice in The Pearl.
She comes to the aid of her family when she single mindedly seeks medical care for Coyotito. Juana is decisive when she tells her neighbours that they should go and get the doctor. The people answer almost in a chorus that the doctor will not come. But her optimism and determination does not stop at her people's pessimism. She being a woman of action says that they will go to the doctor if he will not come to them. The roles are reversed and Juana takes the centre stage making the important decisions on her son’s behalf.
She is determined to save Coyotito’s life when he is stung by the scorpion. When the scorpion bites Coyotito, she takes it up to herself to suck out the poison from the bite. Unlike Kino who is vengeful and decides to smash the scorpion instead of concentrating on the harm that has already been done. It turns out that sucking out the poison was a timely thing to do because it is the only thing that saves the child.
She is dedicated to her family at the beginning of the novel. Prepares a meal, when Kino awakens he looks at her admirably.
She is insistent on discarding the pearl, a source of evil. She tells Kino that the pearl is evil and that it will destroy all of them. Kino sees success in the pearl which has turned him into a paranoid individual. At night, there is attempt to rob them again. In the fracas Kino is beaten into half consciousness. Juana repeats the same refrain "Kino this pearl is evil, let us destroy it before it destroys us....... Let us throw it back into the sea.....kino it is evil, it is evil." Kino a hardliner now insists that he is a man and that he will defeat the evil. Juana reminds him that man, like any other animal can be killed. Juana takes the pearl deep into the night and wants to throw it back into the sea.
From the foregoing, it is evident that Juana’s commitment, persistence, determination and resolute nature cushions the family, especially, during adversity. Therefore, people ought to be selflessly committed to their loved ones.
WHEN THEY FOUND THE PEARL OF THE WORLD, JUANA AND KINO ARE EXCITED AND HOPEFUL OF A BETTER LIFE. WRITE AN ESSAY TO SHOW WHAT HAPPENED TO KINO’S LIFE AFTER THE DISCOVERY. - THE PEARL BY JOHN STEINBECK