There are many symbols in modern day life. $ is a symbol for money.
is a symbol for sleeping. A light bulb symbolizes an idea. John Steinbeck
uses a lot of symbols in his writing of The Pearl. In the first
few pages of the book the child is bitten by a scorpion. Why a scorpion?
Kino finds a pearl. What could a pearl symbolize?
With your teacher, please review your school's acceptable use policy
for work on the Internet. Also, links to the web often change. Tell your
teacher when you find a poor link in this guide.
Select the scorpion or the pearl and explain why you think Steinbeck chose
these particular items to use in his story, The Pearl. Write a paper
with your explanation.
The Process: Exploring the Web, Creating a Product
Use the websites below to examine the pearl and the scorpion. Try to figure
out Steinbeck´s reasoning for including either of these things in
Visit the Internet sites below, making notes about the appearances, habitats,
or other characteristics of pearls and scorpions.
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Use the clustering map to formulate your opinions
about the symbols. Look at the ways an author could use more than one meaning
when choosing names, objects, and details for a story. Look for significance
in using objects as symbols.
Write at least three paragraphs explaining your thoughts
and ideas, especially how the symbols evoke the readers' emotions.
How You Will Be Graded
Your writing should:
analyze ways in which poets use symbolism to evoke
advance an idea about the author's use of symbolism
support that idea with detailed references
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