The Pearl, Interpretive Essay

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The Pearl, Interpretive Essay
In The Pearl, the author, John Steinbeck, uses the pearl to express what human nature is like. At the beginning of the novel, the pearl that Kino finds is described as large as being incandescent and as "perfect as the moon"; by the end of the novel, the pearl that Kino finds is described as "ugly, gray, like a malignant growth." In general, mankind is greedy and evil. In the novel, Steinbeck throughout the entire story, in my opinion, is trying to say that human nature tends to be deception, which can turn something beautiful and great to become something bad and ugly. First of all, Steinbeck shows humans are instinctively greedy. Steinbeck uses the scene to show humans are gluttonous is where the doctor comes to Kino's house and heals Coyotito after Kino has found a pearl. When Coyotito is bitten by the scorpion, Kino takes him to the doctor to get treatment, but the doctor refuses to heal Coyotito because Kino is indigent. Later on, after Kino owns the pearl, the doctor comes to Kino's house and offers a "treatment" for Coyotito. After he "treats" Coyotito, he pretends that he does not know Kino has a pearl and asks Kino about the medical expenses. "You have a pearl? A good pearl? The doctor asks with interest" (Steinbeck, page 35). The reality is that he wants Kino's pearl more than giving people. Although the doctor has a lot of money and his life is very plentiful, he still wants more and more. Another example that humans are greedy is the scene where Kino does not want to give up the pearl and keeps all his dreams also demonstrates people's avarice. Juana, who is smart enough to figure out the reality of the pearl trouble, advises Kino to throw the pearl away. Juana says, "This pearl is evil. This pearl is like a sin. It will destroy us all!"(Steinbeck, page 38). Even though Juana warns Kino that the pearl will bring misfortunes to the family and advises him to throw the pearl away, Kino neither takes the advice or listens to...
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