The Pearl Quote Analysis

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In the novel, The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, the characters are motivated to do things which reflect on their actions. In the novel we see how the want for power and a better future drives Kino throughout the story. Near the beginning of the novel, Coyotito is bitten by a scorpion, but the doctor refuses to treat him because Kino cannot pay him. This leads Kino to search for a pearl to pay for the expenses. He finds a large pearl which the community calls “The Pearl of the World” which he thinks can help him gain power. In the novel it states, “‘My [Kino’s] son will read and open books, and my son will write and will know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know… This is what the pearl will do,’” (31;…show more content…
3). This quote shows Kino thinks that the pearl he had found will allow him to give Coyotito the education he wanted for him. The reader can infer that by giving Coyotito education it will give him and the rest of the community power because he’ll have knowledge that he can share with them. With this knowledge the community will know how to read and write which will give them power over those who try to cheat them and abuse the fact that they are uneducated. This motivation by power and a better life is important throughout the book because it causes him to commit extreme actions to assure he gets it. Not only was this motivation the reason he found the pearl, but it also caused him to kill a man who tried to steal the pearl and to beat his own wife, Juana, when she tries to get rid of the pearl. This quote is important to include in the book because it gives us insight on Kino’s reason for his actions. Additionally, this motivation leads to his son’s death and the demise of him and his
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