Intelligence, Rationality And Roles In John Steinbeck's The Pearl

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In the King James Bible, Timothy states, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Tim. 6:10). John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, is a parable that lectures about a poor fisherman and his small family that finds “the Pearl of the World” (Steinbeck 21). After finding the pearl, Kino, the fisherman, becomes increasingly delirious and aggressive in order to protect his family’s future. He is affected by his greed. However his wife, Juana, although thrilled to have money, was the antithesis to Kino. She plays a very special role in The Pearl, her role is a guidance character that utilizes her intelligence, rationality, and skills …show more content…
There were people targeting them for the pearl and Kino was attacked multiple times. Kino even goes as far as killing the men that were after them. Juana even goes as far as to take matters into her own hand. “She burst clear out of the brush and stumbled over little boulders towards the water, and then she heard him coming and she broke into a run. Her arm was to throw when he leaped at her and caught the pearl and wrenched the pearl from her” (Steinbeck 58-59). Juana’s role is rationality while Kino’s is irrationality. He wants to protect the pearl at all costs because it will bring them a better future. When Kino killed a man after stopping Juana from throwing the pearl away, her rationality kicked in and told Kino that they must flee their village because he has committed …show more content…
Some specific traits include; being rational, using her wits, and willing to relinquish money for the sake of her family. She was not blinded by the promise of a better life when Kino was and she persevered when Kino contemplated surrendering. Juana is the character foil of Kino. While Kino was greedy and desired what the pearl could provide, she saw through the façade and realize that it would bring more harm than good. Because they did not get rid of the pearl at the slightest opportunity, they paid the ultimate price for it, Coyotito’s life. Was their chance at happiness really worth the life of their

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