Lesson 8: Escape

Wrapping Up


Although Kino owns the pearl, it never empowers him. He is still controlled by the subjugation his people have faced for generations. It keeps him from being able to be paid fairly for the pearl and will also keep him from having a fair trial. In his quest to keep the pearl, Kino loses everything that is dear to him. His life will never be the same and no wealth can bring back the life of his son, Coyotito.

Questions to Discuss

  • Do you think Kino and Juana should have thrown the pearl back into the ocean? Why or why not?
  • What does the pearl symbolize at the end of the story? Explain. (Answers might include loss, regret, tragedy, etc.)
  • How would you describe Juana and Kino at the end of the story? (Answers might include regretful, in pain, mournful, grief-filled, resigned, defeated.)
  • What do you think the moral of this parable is? (Answers might include being content with what you have been given, that greed leads to evil, that happiness is not found in material possessions, or that family is more important than wealth.)

Things to Review

Ask your child to explain what a verbal phrase is and to provide an example of each type — gerund, infinitive, and participial.