How Does Steinbeck Illusion Vs Reality

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In The Pearl by John Steinbeck proves that things are not always what they appear to be (illusion vs reality). People are not always the same .All doctors are not trustworthy, all priests are not selfless, and all magnificent things are not good. In this short novel, the illusion and the reality of the “cursed” pearl, the selfish doctor, and the manipulating priest will cause a devastating tragedy.Author and rationalist, Sanal Edamaruku, once said “For those in love with an illusion often refuse to accept reality.” The definition of illusion is “something that deceives by producing a false or misleading impression of reality” ( Illusions can be tempting, and at the time you may not even realize that an illusion is not a reality.…show more content…
Most people think that a priest would consider everyone equal, even himself because the bible says in James 2:9 “But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers ” Yet this doctor thinks of the villagers as children- “Children, he considered these people, and he treated them like children.” (27). When this priest heard of the magnificent and surely valuable pearl he first thought of himself and wanted the money for him and his church not the poor, starving villagers. He thought of “certain repairs necessary to the church.” (21) and he even tried to convince Kino to give himself money- “I hope thou wilt remember to give thanks,my son, to Him.”. Now why would this man refer to Kino as “my son” when earlier he thought of these people as children, he obviously wants Kino’s money. On page 46, Kino’s brother brings up a sermon that the priest makes every year, Kino had said “And the Father made it clear that each man and woman is like a soldier sent by God… But each must remain faithful tp his post.. else the castle is in danger from the assaults of Hell.” The priest is manipulating and trying to control everyone by make sure they don’t leave their areas. He wants the poor to stay poor and the rich to stay rich. Now what kind of priest does that? Priests are supposed to be generous and caring but this doctor is anything but. This illusion of the priest being helpful
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