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Wealth Changes People

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Aliyah Gaskins November 8th, 2004 Wealth Changes People In the novel 'The Pearl' the author, John Steinbeck has clearly stated a message. He taught us the life lesson, that being wealthy isn't everything through a character he created named Kino. Steinbeck had placed the setting in a poor village in La Paz and described Kino's relationship of their close-knit family. When the pearl was found, the plan was to sell it and use the money to pay for Coyotito's medical bills also to send him to school for an education. This extraordinary idea was demolished by the actions of Kino's greediness for money. As the novel progressed the events only became more serious. ...read more.


Juana felt the evil of the pearl devastating her husband. Kino had become abusive and obsessive. Earlier she tried as much as she possibly could to warn Kino and save themselves. "Let us destroy it before it destroys us. Let us crush it between two rocks. Let us throw it back in the sea where it belongs." The minute Kino spotted her trying to discard his future, he struck Juana on her face. From then, Juana's best interest was to keep quiet because she knew there was a murderer in him. Kino not only hit his wife but he had murdered a man he thought was attacking the pearl. "He was an animal now, for hiding, for attacking and he lived only to preserve himself and his family." ...read more.


"Kino edged like a slow lizard down the smooth rock shoulder." He had to wait for the lighting of the moon. "His legs were as tight as wound springs." When Kino grabbed the rifle pulled the lever and fired, he killed his baby, Coyotito. Kino's greediness had caught up to him and made him face reality. All his dreams for Coyotito were shattered and the silence of death of his beloved son had "over shadowed the night." When the pearl was thrown in the lovely green water, the evil music of the pearl "drifted to a whisper" as it disappeared under the secrets of the ocean. Kino had discarded his evil personality and learned the life lessons of family. Its better to be rich in life than in wealth. ...read more.

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