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The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
In The Pearl by John Steinbeck, Kino, the main character, did not
succeed in his dreams of a luxurious life. There where many reasons why Kino
did not succeed. One may believe that it was a combination of fate, the pearl
buyers, and his own greed.
Fate was a major aspect to why Kino did not succeed in his dreams of
having a luxurious life. When Kino discovered the Pearl he thought that it would
take him out of poverty and into a life of happiness. "But the pearls were
accidents, and the finding of one was luck, a little pat on the back by God or the
gods both"(Chapter 2). This quotation occurs when Kino is about to go pearl
diving for the Pearl of the World. This quotation also shows that certain things
happen that we have no control over, therefore one can feel that Kino's downfall
is not entirely his own fault. The Pearl ended up bringing ultimate unhappiness
to Kino and Juana.
The pearl buyers were also major reasons to why Kino did not succeed. If
the pearl buyers had given Kino a fair price for the Pearl, then Kino would have
sold the Pearl. If Kino sold the Pearl then Coyotitio would have never been shot.
This would give Kino a chance to succeed in his dream of a luxurious life. This
did not happen. The pearl buyers did not give Kino a fair price, they said that
the pearl was fools gold and worth nothing. This caused Kino to decide not to
sell the pearl to them . This leads to Coyotitio eventually being shot by the
gunfire between the trackers and Kino. This ultimately destroys Kino's dreams.
Kino not succeeding was also partly his own fault. Kino's desire for the
Pearl was a major conflict in the parable. If Kino wasn't greedy and gave up the
Pearl when he found out his family was in danger, his son wouldn't have been
killed. " This pearl has become my soul. If I give it up I shall lose my
soul"(Chapter6). Kino thought that without the Pearl his dreams could not come
true. At this point he did not realize that Pearl would bring him ultimate
unhappiness.
Sometimes in life there is more than one cause to your problems. In
Kino's life he did not succeed do to many thing. Three of these combined lead
to Kino's downfall. These aspects include fate, the pearl buyers, and his own
greed.

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