The Pearl

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Kino’s Canoe Symbol Analysis

Kino’s Canoe Symbol Icon
Passed down through three generations, the canoe symbolizes for Kino the tradition and culture of his ancestors. Its importance to him demonstrates how much Kino values both his ancestry and the ability to provide for his family.
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Kino’s Canoe Symbol Timeline in The Pearl

The timeline below shows where the symbol Kino’s Canoe appears in The Pearl. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Race, Tradition, and Oppression Theme Icon
Value and Wealth Theme Icon
Kino and Juana walk to the beach, in the direction of their canoe. Kino had inherited the canoe from his father, who inherited it from his own father.... (full context)
Race, Tradition, and Oppression Theme Icon
Value and Wealth Theme Icon
Kino and Juana take off in the canoe, and look down at the oyster bed, which, it’s suggested, funded the power and wars... (full context)
Community Theme Icon
Value and Wealth Theme Icon
Kino reaches the water’s surface and places that final oyster at the bottom of the canoe. Both Kino and Juana try not to get too attached or dwell on Kino’s apparent... (full context)
Chapter 5
Good vs. Evil Theme Icon
Value and Wealth Theme Icon
...Juana to get Coyotito from the house while he brings the corn and prepares the canoe. But as he approaches the boat, he sees that someone has damaged it with a... (full context)
Good vs. Evil Theme Icon
Value and Wealth Theme Icon
...the pearl contains a devil and that it must be gotten rid of. Without house, canoe, or a virtuous track record, Kino despairs, and begs that Juan allow them to hide... (full context)
Chapter 6
Community Theme Icon
Good vs. Evil Theme Icon
Value and Wealth Theme Icon
Nature Theme Icon
They reach the Gulf shore, not looking towards the ruined canoe, and Kino lays down the rifle and takes out the pearl, offering it to Juana.... (full context)