The Pearl Selfish Quotes

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What price would you be willing to pay to achieve all your wildest dreams? Kino the protagonist had no intention to lose anything he had in his life. due to his stubbornness it lead him to murder and ultimate heartbreak. In the novel, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck in the beginning it follows a poor pearl diver with his family discovering an all time find. in the middle, the treasure that the protagonist Kino has obtained blinds him and becomes a magnet for destruction. In the end of the novel it depicts that the all time find has eventually formed into a great deal of misfortune for the protagonist and his family. In John Steinbeck’s novel The Pearl, he uses the symbol of the pearl to express the universal theme of being selfish can cause you…show more content…
When the conflict of whether or not to keep the pearl between Kino and Juana escalates, “Her arm was up to throw when he leaped at her and caught her arm and wrenched the pearl from her. He struck her in the face with his clenched fist, and she fell among the boulders, and he kicked her on the side” (Steinbeck 63). This quote demonstrates the rising issue affecting many if not all countries in the world which is domestic violence, the “clenched fist” of Kino shows the abnormality of how at the start of the book he would not dare to touch his wife, but time changed him and Juana a time of abuse and unhappiness for both of them. It also shows that Kino’s mind was in a trance of illusions that the pearl was a ticket towards him leaving the poverty life he had with his family, but he did not notice that he would soon destroy his life he had created in a short amount of time due to his selfishness of protecting and owning the pearl. The significance of the quote is that most decisions done through a stingy self-centered mindset can turned a man from, a normal man into a fearsome, uncontrollable man destroying everything in its path. The quote also proves that being a person that only cares for oneself will never give you a positive outcome or benefit no matter the situation that person has been placed

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