Evil And Greed In The Pearl By John Steinbeck

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In this reflective essay of “The Pearl”, my thesis statement is: “Juana urged Kino to throw the pearl away, but due to greed, Kino refuses.” The pearl in this story symbolizes evil and greed, and it has transformed Kino’s personality. At first I thought that Kino would throw the pearl away when he realized that he was changing after he hit his wife, but he didn’t due to the greediness that the pearl had brought him. Compared to Kino, Juana’s personality does not transform to the extent that Kino’s does. I have learnt that greediness can take over a person’s mind, but when you realize it, there is no turning back. Steinbeck quotes: “Every road seemed blocked against him. In his head he heard only the dark music of the enemy. His senses were burningly alive, but his mind went back to the deep participation with all things, the gift he had from his people.” (Steinbeck, 56). Steinbeck quotes: “Juana watched him with worry, but she knew him and she knew she could help him best by being silent and being near.” (Steinbeck, 56). In these two quotes, we can compare Kino with Juana in terms of how they were thinking. Juana was thinking about how she could help Kino, but the greed that consumed Kino was preventing him from listening to…show more content…
Juana urged Kino to throw the pearl away because it would have brought evil and greed to Kino’s family; however, due to greed, Kino refuses. Juana said to Kino: “Throw it away, Kino. Let us break it between stones. Let us bury it and forget the place. Let us throw it back into the sea. It has brought evil. Kino, my husband, it will destroy us.” (Steinbeck, 41). But even though Juana begged Kino to throw the pearl away, Kino still said: “Do not speak anymore. In the morning we will sell the pearl, and then the evil will be gone, and only the good remain.” (Steinbeck, 41-42). The conversation between Kino and Juana shows us that greed has taken over Kino’s
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