The Pearl

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.

Kino’s Canoe Quotes in The Pearl

The The Pearl quotes below all refer to the symbol of Kino’s Canoe. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Pearl published in 2002.
Chapter 2 Quotes

Every year Kino refinished his canoe with the hard shell-like plaster by the secret method that had also come to him from his father. Now he came to the canoe and touched the bow tenderly as he always did.

Related Characters: Kino
Related Symbols: Kino’s Canoe
Page Number: 15
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 5 Quotes

The killing of a man was not so evil as the killing of a boat. For a boat does not have sons, and a boat cannot protect itself, and a wounded boat does not heal.

Related Symbols: Kino’s Canoe
Page Number: 61
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
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...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
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Value and Wealth Theme Icon
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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)