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Friday, July 3, 2009

The Pearl - THE SETTING

  • The ancient city of La Paz is situated on the southern end of the Baja peninsular, a narrow peninsular separated from mainland Mexico by the Gulf of California.
  • La Paz had once been a great pearl trading centre.
  • Baja California was a remote and primitive region, a harsh land of snow-covered mountains and arid steep villages.
  • In this region, Mexican Indians live in isolated communities, on the fringes of larger towns, often in conditions of extreme poverty.
  • Mexicans descended from the Spanish conquistadores or conquerors of Mexico generally lived in the wealthier sections of town.
  • After four hundred years, this ethnic polarization can still be left.
  • In The Pearl, there is a keen sense of racial antagonism between the poor Indian pearl divers and fishermen and the Spanish-Mexican professional classes like the priest and the doctor.
  • Steinbeck also developed the social context of the story.
  • He explores the relationship between the Indian fishermen and pearl divers and the more sophisticated town dwellers who are contemptuous of their poorer neighbours.
  • The underprivileged poor are exploited all the time and Mexican peasant life is shown to be brutal and fatalistic.

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Collection of SPM English Language Question Papers

2005
Terengganu Trial [Paper 1]

2007
Johor Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2] [Answers], Melaka Trial 2007 [Paper 1] [Paper 2], TIMES [Paper 1] [Paper 2] SPB [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2008

Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2],
Trial
MRSM Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], SBP Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kelantan Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Terengganu Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Kedah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Johor Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Perlis Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sabah Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2], Sarawak Trial [Paper 1 & 2], Melaka Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

2009

Terengganu TOV [Paper 1] [Paper 2] Terengganu Mid Year [Paper 1] [Paper 2]
Melaka Trial , Johor Trial , Sabah Trial , Kedah Trial , Perlis Trial , Times , SBP , Pahang Trial [Paper 1] [Paper 2]

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