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The Pearl by John Steinbeck is the story of an intrepid man named
Kino and the dilemma that he goes through when he finds a pearl. For the
diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life
for his impoverished family. This dream blinds him with a greed and
initiates the events leading to a terrible tragedy. Stieinbeck’s theme for this
book is to not let greed overtake you.
Kino’s family suffered much hardship before they found the pearl.
All he ever wanted was to be rich and live the great life, watch his baby grow
up and learn to read the books. “My son will read and open the books, and
he will write and he will know the writing.” When Kino find the pearl…
“his emotion broke over him.” He now found the one thing that would
make him happy. He believed that since he had a pearl he could have all
the things he ever wanted or desired. After buying new clothes he had
planned to marry Juana, but it was not to be. Having all this power drove
him mad. Kino thought that he could handle this power, but he could not.
He did not realize that this great gift could result in death not just to his own
heart, but to other people around him. This eventually happens when Kino
kills a man who was watching him and his wife on the beach. The
only reason Kino killed the man was because Kino thought that the man
was after his pearl. Kino kills another victim only this time it is his very own
son. Eventhough the death of his son was very traumatic for Kino, he and
Juana traveled back to his village and threw the pearl back into the sea.
Kino now knows that his impetuous thought of wealth leads to nothing but