Examine the Pearl in Terms of Its Tone Towards Religion.

Belleh's Paper
Mr.Pavlat's class

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines religion as “a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith, in general people see religion as a deep seated belief in God or any other superstition. In today's Era religion has brought about issues of controversy, they are those who believe in Religion and those who progress negativity towards religion. Likewise in "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck, where the author strives for a negative tone toward religion.

  Steinbeck introduces religion in the very beginning of the story in an adverse manner. In the midst of his introduction to the story he brings up the topic of religion stating, “Kino watched with a detachment of God while a dusty ant frantically tried to escape a sand trap an ant lion had fug up for him”, this statement portrays the idea that God does not care for them. Kino in this situation represents God and the Ants humankind, in doing so say God sees and acknowledges are existence but doesn’t show concern. A better example would be the time of the scorpion attack, as it stated “The scorpion moved delicately down the rope toward the box.   Under her breath Juana repeated an ancient magic ... on top of that she muttered a Hail Mary between clenched teeth.” Here Juana shows indecision. She displays a blend of two different kinds of faith. She does not know whether to trust her original polytheistic religion or the newly placed monotheistic one. This could succumb to different results, as to proving that the catholic idea of having just one god is absurd.

Another example of negativity towards religion would be the arrival of the priest. Hearing the stories of Kino great findings, the priest visits him, meeting Kino for the first time he states "I hope thou wilt remember to give thanks, my son, to Him who has given thee this treasure, and to pray for guidance in the future." Though his words seem rather thoughtful and full of selflessness, the fact...