Symbolism of the Pearl in The Pearl by John Steinbeck Essay

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Symbolism of the Pearl in The Pearl by John Steinbeck

In The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, evil transforms certain humble citizens into envious savages. It is this evil which moves the story along and adds drama. It causes the beginning of a happy spirit, but the downfall of goodness and humanity. Evil is shown by the doctor many times during the story. At first, he refuses to treat Coyotito because his parents have no money. When the doctor heard of Kino and Juana's fortune in finding "the pearl of the world", the doctor boasts that they were patients of his while thinking of a better life for himself in Paris. This greed and lust cause him to plot ways to gain wealth. Coyotito is healed by the time the doctor comes to Kino's straw
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The evil in the pearl reaches the heart of the doctor.
The pearl's evil infects Kino like a ravaged disease and consumes his mind. He starts off with good intentions, but they become twisted. He wants to sell the pearl and use the money to better his family's lifestyle. He has dreams and goals that each depends on the pearl selling for a good price. Juana sensing the evil and greed coming from Kino attempts to destroy it. Kino beats her unmercifully. "He struck her in the face and she fell among the boulders, and he kicked her in the side...He hissed at her like a snake and she stared at him with wide unfrightened eyes, like a sheep before a butcher." Juana sees through the outer beauty of the pearl and knew it would destroy Kino and herself. Kino's vision from the soul becomes blurred by the possible prosperity the pearl will bring. The evil invades Kino's life as well as everyone he knows and loves.
The malignant evil spreads throughout the town. The very night that the town learns of Kino's pearl, an attempt to steal it occurs. The next night, Kino's attackers return, which results in Kino committing murder. After the final struggle of the night, Juana comes home to find more nefarious members of the heartless thieves rampaging through their belongings in search of the pearl. The end result is Kino and Juana's house going up in flames. The villains then commit the cardinal sin, they destroy Kino's canoe, an item

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