The Pearl: Kinos Personality

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 According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word protection is defined as : the act of protecting : the state of being protected ; and the word greed is defined as : a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed. Throughout The Pearl, Kino changes immensely, some for the better, but mostly for the worse. Protection and greed are the two most predominate traits shown by Kino in the novella. In John Steinbeck’s, The Pearl, a novella showing Kino's personality symbolizes protection and greed. Essentially Kino and the pearl are one in the same. Both innocent and willing until the corruption of wealth and mans greedy ambitions destroy it all, showing that man creates his own fate by what he chooses to do and the same goes for his consequence. At the same time Kino also works on a symbolic level by representing protection and hope because he is man and care taker of his family and eventually a greed that will lead to the destruction of his family.

When Kino is faced with the evil scorpion he goes into protective mode and "[He] had it in his fingers, rubbing it to a paste in his hands . . . His teeth were bared and fury flared in his in his eyes and the song of the enemy roared in his eyes" (6).Kino is showing an animal like characteristic, a bear trying to secure its cubs. He represents protection because he will kill anything that poses a threat to any of their lives. In order to save Coyotitos’ life, Kino discovers the greatest pearl in the world, “[he] held it tightly against his breast. He kicked his foot free from the rock loop, and his body rose to the surface . . .” (18). Tying himself to the rock loop and searching the ocean floor for oysters shows that he has hope in himself to find a pearl for Coyotito. His mind set symbolizes hope directly because he risks his life on taking a chance for some thing that may not even be there. Although he has had difficulties throughout the day, he has an abundant amount of desire...
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