The Pearl

Describe Kino and Juana’s relationship. Is this an ideal family?

ch. 1-2 pg 1-20

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Before the discovery of the Pearl, there is balance in their relationship. Ideal relationships are not an accurate statement. They worked well together and there was a definite sense of harmony. Kino has a close connection with Juana. It is very elemental in that it is closely related to nature, family and universal bond,

"Kino could never remember seeing them closed when he awakened. Her dark eyes made little reflected stars. She was looking at him as she was always looking at him when he awakened... In Kino's head there was a songnow, clear and soft, and if he had been able to speak of it, he would have called it the Song of the Family."

Juana is Kino's conscience and guide. The pearl of course disturbs this balance and Kino becomes abusive to Juana.