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In the novel The Pearl by John Steinbeck Juana Kino the Priest and the doctor have all undergone a change due to money They are all affected by their need to be wealthy and inturn are setting themselves up for their own destruction and the destruction of society Steinbecks The Pearl is a story of mans self-destruction through greed Juana the wife of Kino who was a hard working peasant man had lived a spiritual life for as long as she could remember When her son Coyito became ill from a bite of a scorpion she turned towards the spiritual aspects of life She started to pray for her sons endangered life The doctor who lived in the upper-class section of the town refused to treat the child because he was of a lower class and Kino did not have the money he turned them away when they arrived at his door Out of choices and money Kino turned to the sea to look for pearls While Kino was diving for pearls he came across the largest and flawless pearl he had ever seen When Juana first saw the Pearl of The World she felt as though her prayers had been answered Now that Kino had the pearl he had a new problem He had to protect it A man tried to steal the pearl from him while he slept This is where the problems for Juana and her family began The fear that had grown in Kinos mind had taken control over his actions he quickly attacked the man and protected his pearl something he would have never done before Soon Juana who had always had faith in her husband had started to doubt him It will destroy us all she yelled as she attempted to get rid of the pearl But Kino did not listen and soon Juana began to lose her spiritual side and for a long
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