The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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The way people feel about something or react to it is most of the time not optional or tempted more by their desires or by their nature. “The pearl” is a great example of how people completely turn over into different creatures because of their human characteristic or because of their human desires. Jealousy is a great factor that helped in leading to the climax and the tragedy of the novel, whereas greed was the most important one because of what the pearl represents and what the actual reason behind the people pursuing the main characters was. Jealousy has always been a two-way trait that could be used to be beneficial, or used to destroy human’s lives. Kino started to realize that Jealousy was not the factor that was going to lead to his downfall, because the he understood that poverty and jealousy was not good enough to drive the people to do crazy things in order to get what they want. “Every man suddenly became related to Kino's pearl, and Kino's pearl went into the dreams, the speculations, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the needs, the lusts, the hungers, of everyone, and only one person stood in the way and that was Kino, so that he became curiously every man's enemy. The news stirred up something infinitely black and evil in the town; the black distillate was like the scorpion, or like hunger in the smell of food, or like loneliness when love is withheld. The poison sacs of the town began to manufacture venom, and the town swelled and

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