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We have all had time in our lives where greed and obsession for things to grant our desires can destroy our lives mainly because we do not always act the way people want us to In The Pearl by John Steinbeck Kinos fixation on the pearl and newly found ambitions corrupts his values and directs him away from the normal principles of his people Steinbeck expresses that greed and obsession lead to the events whether happy or sad that can determine a persons destiny or the destiny of others who surround him while also demonstrating the theme of greed through Kinos obsession to make his future better but oversees the pearls value and puts his familys life in jeopardy In The Pearl Kino is obsessed by the pearls persuasive powers which affects everything that he does For example shortly after Juana tried to convince Kino that the pearl was evil he clamed that the pearl has become my soul If I shall give it up I shall lose my soul Kino thinks of the pearl as salvation and resolutions to his familys life Initialy he has visions that it will solve and produce their desires In addition moments after Juana tried to throw the pearl back into the ocean Kino remains adamant about the pearls virtue insisting that it will be their road to salvation Juana however disagrees declaring that it will destroy their entire family Kino is being a fool when throwing away opportunities to get his familys life on track He then misconstrues the pearls value making him care for things only under his own terms In conclusion Kinos impulses are constantly possessed by the obsession of the pearls significance causing him to abuse its uses Struggling for righteousness Kino is stranded between two cultures when he takes advantage of the pearl and then endures the negative affects of it along with other problems brought into his life For example shortly
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