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THE PEARL ESSAY Pursuit of Material Wealth Does Not Bring Happiness In the story The Pearl the main theme is ambition for wealth and property causes the destruction of man The story was written from the perspective of the working or low class which allows the readers the opportunity to reflect how materialism and its pursuit lead to the downfall of man Steinbeck clearly illustrates this theme through the following characters the doctor the priest and Kino the main character of the novella The priest in the novella is illustrated as a man of greed and false values For example it put a thoughtful look in his eyes and a memory of uncertain repairs necessary to the churchor marriage him for that matter P301 The priest says Thou art named after a great man-and a great Father of the ChurchIt is in the books P305 The priest visits Kinos home He praises and honors him selfishly These negative characteristics were not only seen in the priest but were equally shown in the doctor The doctor represents the greed in society He too is a heartless and self-seeking man He is a villain without any redeeming qualities or traits As proof the Doctor says Have I nothing to do than cure insect bites for little IndiansI alone in the world am supposed to work for nothing-and I am tired of it See if he has any money P294 He is a client of mineThe doctor looked past his aged patient and saw himself sitting in a restaurant in Paris and a waiter was just opening a bottle of wine P301 Under these conditions greed in the doctor is definitely shown With all the riches he already had he wanted to gain more wealth He looks past the need of the vulnerable for the sake of money In any event the main character of the story Kino has the greatest impact upon
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