The Pearl

The Pearl

John Steinbeck won the Novel Price for literature. What makes this novel so special?

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The Pearl is a vivid portrayal of poverty, greed, and human nature. The Pearl derives much of its force from the descriptions of the impoverished lifestyle of the Mexicans of La Paz, the location of the story. The plight of the impoverished is a consistent theme in Steinbeck's work, including The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men. Although these novels dealt with white protagonists, Steinbeck turned to the plight of Mexicans for The Pearl based on the 1942 and 1943 Zoot Suit Race Riots in Los Angeles.The Pearl is captivating in its simplicity and, at times, lyrical in its prose.