What price would one be willing to pay to achieve all of their wildest dreams? 1,000 pesos? 50,000 pesos? What about the respect of their community? Even worse, the life of their child. While Kino did not intend to lose any of these attributes in his quest for a better life, his stubbornness guided him to murder and ultimate heartbreak. It leaves the reader questioning, what price should be paid to attain the luxuries one wants from life? John Steinbeck’s novella, The Pearl, follows a poor Indian/Mexican pearl diver as the best find of his life slowly morphs into the greatest misfortune he had ever known. Blinded by opportunity, Kino discovers too late that his treasure is a magnet for destruction. Through Kino’s adversity, the reader
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When Kino slashes the throat of a thief the family is forced to leave La Paz instantly. Hunted by trackers and a rifle man, Juana and Kino hide in a cave to escape capture. When the search posse thinks they hear a coyote, the unthinkable takes place. Having lost everything, a defeated Kino returns to La Paz and sends his pearl back to the sea. Through this parable, one can learn two very important themes.
One theme of the novella is greed is the root of all evil. Every terrible event that happened was caused by the greed of man. It started with the doctor refusing help to Coyotito based on Kino and Juana’s wealth, or lack thereof. Giving Kino reason to discover the great pearl, which entranced pretty much everyone in town with its size, beauty, and price tag attached to a pearl of that size. Kino’s boat, house, and child were destroyed in order to protect the pearl and yet he insists on keeping it. Greed made Kino suspect everyone of intent to steal his prize. This may have been the reason he resorted to murder instead of just disabling his attacker. While taking to his brother, Juan Tomas, Kino says, “I might have given it as a gift, but now it is my misfortune and my life and I will keep it. " The fact that Kino called the pearl his misfortune and his life in the same sentence shows how far he would be willing to go to achieve wealth. Moreover, fear that when they were caught, the pearl