Comparing and Contrasting Characters
Compare and contrast means understanding in what ways the characters are similar to, or different from, one another.
The Pearl Buyers
Relationship Between Characters
Another important aspect which helps us understand a story better is the relationship between the characters.
Making Conclusion About Characters
You can make conclusion about characters by what they say and do, as well as from what others say about them.
'Perhaps I should let them take me.' (p. 72, para. 5)
From what Kino says, we can conclude that he is a loving father and husband who is willing to give up his life for his family.
Effects of a Character's Actions
In studying a character, it is important to note that a character's action can have a number positive and negative effects.
Action: Kino finds the great pearl.
Effects: -Kino dreams of getting married in a church, giving Coyotito an education and buying things like a new harpoon, a rifle and new clothes for his family.
-Kino does not trust the people around him.
-He becomes like an animal (a hissing snake, a leopard, etc.) and kills to protect the pearl from the attackers and trackers.
-He loses his canoe and home.
-He and Juana are forced to leave the village.
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