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In John Steinbecks The Pearl a poor yet humble pearl diver by the name of Kino finds a giant pearl with which he hopes to buy peace and happiness for his family and an education for his son Coyotito Instead he learns that the valuable Pearl of the World can not buy happiness but only destroy his simple yet content lifeAs soon as Kinos son Coyotito is bitten by a deadly scorpion Juana the mother of Coyotito naturally turns towards the spiritual aspects of life by praying for her sons endangered life Knowing that the bite is extremely deadly they take Coyotito to the doctor be he refuses to assist the child because of the familys financial status so the family now turns to the sea to seek their fortune When Juana set sight on the Pearl of the World she felt as though all her prayers had been answered News spreads quickly that Kino has found the immense pearl and as soon as the doctor hears of the newfound wealth he rushes to the aid of Coyotito After this the pearl brings nothing but trouble once the pearl buyers try to cheat him for the pearl Kino is also attacked for the pearl and in one of the fights he kills a man He then flees with his family to the city where three men hunt them down In an effort to escape Kino attacks the men but not before they fire a shot into the mountains and mortally wound Coyotito After the sudden death Kino and Juana head back to the village where they heave the evil pearl into the ocean and hope that its burdens are never bestowed on any person againThroughout The Pearl Kinos character is indirectly revealed by his actions and thoughts In the beginning of the story he appears to be a very hardworking man and also a man of good morals He showed these qualities by simply supporting
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