Lesson 7: The Attack

Wrapping Up


Kino and Juana are now in a desperate situation. Even though Kino kills his attacker in self-defense, both Kino and Juana realize that he will be charged with murder. The oppression of the villagers will not allow for a fair trial to take place, so the couple's only option is to flee.

Questions to Discuss

  • Kino tells Juana, "I am man." The author tells us "that meant certain things to Juana...It meant he was half insane and half god. It meant that Kino would drive his strength against a mountain and plunge his strength against the sea." Do you agree with Juana? Why or why not?
  • How has the pearl changed Kino and Juana's relationship? (Kino and Juana used to get along peacefully. Now they are at odds and even though they still love each other, they are in a terrible battle over what to do with the pearl.)
  • The author tells us that even though Kino's boat had been broken, it never occurred to him to steal someone else's boat. What does this tell us about Kino's culture? (Kino's people recognize the value of possessions and realize that a boat can make the difference between life and death. It is not in their nature to harm an innocent neighbor.)

Things to Review

Review your vocabulary words for this unit.