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Theme To generalize the story in a word is that geed transforms certain humble citizens into envious savages It appears to be that man has acquired a greed and appetite for wealth The Priest and the doctor and Kino have all undergone a change due to money They are all affected by their hunger for wealth and in turn are the base for their own destruction and the destruction of society Steinbecks The Pearl is a study of mans self-destruction through greed Doctor Not once in his long career would he have dared refuse to aid a wealthy lawyer or noblemen However when Kino and the group of money hungry peasants arrived at his door with a poisoned child he had refused them entry saying Have I nothing better to do than cure insect bites for little Indians I am a doctor not a veterinary for the doctor had known that the peasants hadnt any money He had been to Paris and had enjoyed the splendors of the world and therefore he wouldnt be seen dealing with the less fortunate as he knew that the less fortunate would surely always be just that less fortunate However it seemed that he had been stereotypical of the less fortunate as he soon discovered when hearing of a great pearl A hunger for wealth was what pushed him to visit the peasants house and deceived Kino by giving the baby a white powder that made him go into convulsions He had already ended Coyitos life without knowing hed done so for if he had administered aid to Coyito when they were first at the doctors door Kino would have no reason to seek his fortune in the ocean and would not be led down the road to hardships One might think that a doctor one who has the image of being passive and caring should not stoop to such a level The Priest of La Paz In La
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