The Pearl By John Steinbeck Essay

1262 Words May 26th, 2016 6 Pages
Written by John Steinbeck and published in 1992, The Pearl is about a young pearl gatherer, Kino, who is content with his life, living in a brush house with his wife, Juana and son, Coyotito in La Paz, Mexico. One day, while gathering pearls, he comes across ‘the pearl’, which is an abnormally large, valuable pearl. His fate completely changes upon the discovery of this pearl. However, rather than changing his situation from good to better, it changes from good to worst. Kino’s first intention about the pearl is to use it to pay for his son’s medical treatment for the scorpion bite on his arm. However, as he becomes more and more attached to the pearl day by day, his greediness grows and he does things which he had never even thought of. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck teaches his readers the many lessons of greed. However, his characterization of Kino and his conflicts among other characters in The Pearl, prove that the earth provides enough to satisfy one’s need, but not one’s greed.
Steinbeck’s characterization of Kino demonstrates how one can change from being most content to most resentful because of the need to satisfy his greed. On one hand, before the discovery of the pearl, Steinbeck provides the description of Kino, stating that he “was young and strong and his black hair hung over his brown forehead. His eyes were warm and fierce and bright and his mustache was thin and coarse” (Steinbeck 3-4). Here, Steinbeck uses the words “warm”, “fierce”, and “bright” to show…

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