What Is John Steinbeck The Pearl Argument

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The Pearl Argument Paper The Pearl by John Steinbeck, is about Kino and his family’s struggle to rise above society. The family is part of a native tribe that resides in Mexico near foreigners who have driven the tribe into poverty. One day Kino was searching for pearls in the ocean that borders the tribe and comes across a pearl as great as a seagull’s egg. Kino tries to use this pearl to rise his family above poverty and the society that has discriminated against his race. But in the end finding the pearl was not a stroke of luck for Kino. The Pearl brings several misfortunate and tragic events towards Kino and his family. For instance, during the first night after finding the pearl, an affiliate of the doctor tried to steal the pearl from Kino and in the process, injures him. “He felt cloth, struck at it with his knife and missed, and struck again and felt his knife go through cloth, and then his head crashed with lightning and exploded with pain” (37-38). Before finding the pearl, Kino was a simple and content man who never owned anything that would create greed in others. But once Kino has found the pearl, out of greed, he becomes suspicious of his friends and neighbors who he once trusted and relied on.…show more content…
For example, before finding the pearl, the priest of the town church would never have gone into Kino’s village and greet Kino’s family with respect. But once Kino finds the pearl, the priest tries to influence Kino into donating money to his church. “And then he said, ‘I hope thou wilt remember to give thanks, my son, to Him who has given thee this treasure, and to pray for guidance in the future’” (28). The priest’s advice may have seen honorable and righteous, but in his words to give thanks to God the priest wants him to donate to the church. Some who once envied Kino soon became greedy and tried to steal the pearl multiple times over a few

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