Essay on John Steinbeck 's The Pearl

907 Words Dec 15th, 2015 4 Pages
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 to protect her family and to follow her husband. Because Kino and Juana were poor individuals, they could not see the doctor after their son, Coyotito was stung by a scorpion. However this all changes when Kino finds the pearl. The pearl brought new opportunities that they could not afford, new clothing, getting married in a church, and an education for Coyotito. Any luxuries or desires they wanted, the pearl can provide. The power of the pearl intoxicates Kino, he needs to protect it, his future. Yet, Juana who was also enchanted by the opportunities the pearl wants to be rid of it, “This thing is evil," she cried harshly. “This pearl is like a sin! It will destroy us,” and her voice rose shrilly. “Throw it away, Kino. Let us break it…

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