Tragedy Is The Catalyst Of Adversity Essay

1610 Words Apr 22nd, 2016 7 Pages
Tragedy is the catalyst of adversity. People often attempt to right wrongs that have occurred, whether they be by their own hand or by the power of circumstance. Unfortunately, not all wrongs are remedied as planned by those who seek rectification. Heywood Broun once said, “The tragedy of life is not that the man loses, but that he almost wins,” which is especially true in the case of Kino. The tragic incident of his son, Coyotito, being bitten by a venomous snake incited Kino to desperately attempt to save his son’s life by finding a valuable pearl that would pay for treatment.
“Even though he lives in poverty, Kino is content at the beginning of the story because he is surrounded by the family he loves. It is only after his child 's life is threatened by the scorpion bite that Kino determines that he will rebel against the system that oppresses him” (Ira Mark Milne).
As a result of his needy desperation, Kino quickly lost sense of his main goal to a materialistic fantasy of the power and prestige that would be awarded by the value of the pearl. Having been overcome by the greed of wealth and materialism, Kino was further endangering his family, slowly exceeding the damage already caused by the prior circumstances. In situations of this variety, after a vast accumulation tensions occur, a domino-effect prevails and all following events, good or bad, become purely circumstantial. This was true in the situation of Kino, for the longer he had drawn out all of his antics, the…

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