The Pearl

Topics: John Steinbeck, Evil, Good and evil, Novella, Doctor Who / Pages: 12 (2983 words) / Published: Nov 23rd, 2010
Assignment 1

" Money is the root of all evil". To what extend is this one of the themes of the novel you studied.

The Pearl by John Steinbeck - The theme of Greed

Nurain Ariff

This theme emerges the moment the people of La Paz get to know about Kino's pearl and we begin to see changes in the characters.

All of them have their own selfish schemes when they learn about Kino's pearl. When they know that Kino has the pearl the village of La Paz is alive with avarice. Everyone wants something from Kino. Everyone was affected and wanted something from the pearl. Kino was the only one in the way. The doctor wanted money for "curing" the child. The priest wanted money to fix the church. The shopkeepers, the pearl buyers, and the rest of the town wanted money for their own purposes. The pearl was a poison that ruined many good people and made the evil people worst. The doctor is pure evil. He would not treat Kino's baby because Kino had nothing to pay him with. When the doctor heard of Kino's sudden wealth, he said Kino was his client. As he visualized life back in Paris all he could think of was getting enough money to be able to go back again. When he went to see Kino, he even made up a fake symptom of death to scare Kino into letting him "treat" the baby. Instead, he poisoned the baby and cured him of the poison he had given the baby himself. This horrible doctor is filled with avarice. He did not care who he had to harm to get more money. All he cares about is money.

The priest wanted money to fix the church. Even the priest, a person who is highly regarded in the community, has some plans on how to use the money from the sale of the pearl. It is only after this that he thinks how the pearl will affect Kino's personal life. The priest is nearly as bad as the doctor. He also wanted money from Kino. He thinks of certain repairs necessary for the church. He wondered what the pearl would be worth. And he wondered if he had baptized Kino’s baby, or married

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