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THE PEARL By John Steinbeck In John Steinbecks novel The Pearl the main character Kino went through many dramatic changes in his life Before finding the pearl Kino was very peaceful and really wasnt aware of his peoples poverty After Kino had found the pearl his life got twisted upside down He became a very vicious and greedy person and was willing to kill to protect his precious pearl When Kino tragically lost his son Coyotito he became very grief stricken and threw back the powerful pearl When the story opens Steinbeck had Kino in a peaceful state of mind He was very much in touch with nature and loved to be outdoors Kino was deeply in love with his wife Juana and his young son Although poverty stricken it did not affect Kinos outlook on life Kino was just like all the other people of his race in the village so therefore he thought of his family as not being financially insecure Another example of Kinos love for his family is when the Scorpion stung Coyotito Kino did what he could to save is son and tried to get a doctor to help him This is the point of the story where Kinos peace and happiness begin to fade Kino having found this magnificent pearl suddenly had a new aspect on life He had high hopes for his family and himself He wished for Coyotito to go to school and he wanted Juana and himself to be married in a church He also wanted to purchase a rifle to make life easier Once some of the people in the village heard about his great find they began to make attempts to snatch the pearl At this time Kino became very defensive and malicious He fought off an intruder during an attempt to steal the pearl and he even resulted in killing another attacker This caused Kino and his family to flee from the
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