IRJE #1: The pearl

The book “The Pearl” written by John Steinbeck, is about a very small family of 3 members; Kino, Juana and their little son Coyotito. This family is poor and one day their son Coyotito falls ill, so they are forced to work more than they should. This couple works as pearl diggers.

“What’s wrong? -asked the doctor.

-An Indian with a creature. He says he’s been stung by a scorpion. – says a boy.

The doctor lowered the cup carefully before letting his anger loose.

-I have nothing to do but treat insect bites on Indians? I’m a doctor, not a veterinarian.

-Yes, master,” said the servant.

-Have you any money? -asked the doctor.

-No, they never have any money,” said a man.

-Do you have money to pay for the treatment?” (p. 7)

Regardless of whether this person has the money or not, the way to treat them just because of their origin makes no sense. Discrimination against First Nations people was absurd and senseless.

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