The Pearl, By John Steinbeck

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“He who is greedy is always in want.” this quote by Horace shows that greed leads to despicable behaviors. These behaviors will make a person push others away until finally he or she has no one left. In John Steinbeck’s novella, The Pearl, Kino is about to lose sight of what is important by pushing others away. Kino finds a great pearl that, hopefully, should bring happiness to his family, but instead the pearl brings the destruction of all he loves. Steinbeck shows the theme that materialism and greed can lead to immoral behavior through the characters of the priest, the doctor, and Kino. Thus, when news sweeps the town that Kino has just found the Pearl of the World innumerable people want to seek Kino out to gain some of his wealth, even the priest! The priest first hears about Kino’s coming of wealth and wonders what he has done for Kino, such as possibly baptized his baby or married Kino, that would lend aid to a possible gain of wealth(20-21). This example shows that such wealth can cause even a man vowed to simplicity to consider the wonderful things it could bring to his life. Now, while that in itself is awful that a priest will allow such earthly things to distract him, it still gets worse. The text states, “But the priest was speaking again. ‘It has come to me that thou hast found a great fortune, a great pearl’...And then he said: ‘I hope thou wilt remember to give thanks, my son, to Him who has given thee this treasure’..”(28) Now the priest will not go right

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