The Pearl, which takes place in La Paz, Mexico, begins with a description of the seemingly idyllic family life of Kino, his wife Juana and their infant son, Coyotito.Kino watches as Coyotito sleeps, but sees a scorpion crawl down the rope that holds the hanging box where Coyotito lies. Kino attempts to catch the scorpion, but Coyotito bumps the rope and the scorpion falls on him.
Read more Study Help Essay Questions. Critical Essays A General Critical Approach. John Steinbeck. As Steinbeck mentioned in his introduction to this novel, “If this story is a parable, perhaps everyone takes his own meaning from it and reads his own life into it.” Likewise, as was noted in the introduction to these Notes, there are many different critical approaches. The following.