Attracted To Power And Wealthism In John Steinbeck's 'The Pearl'

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The Pearl Essay

People are attracted to power and wealth. They will almost do anything to get their hands on something. In the novella, The Pearl, John Steinbeck, Kino went diving to find the Pearl to save Coyotito from the scorpion bite. Kino and his family lived in a poor neighborhood with a little money. After Kino went out, Kino found the Pearl of the World the size of the seagull's egg. The neighbors started to crowd and followed Kino around. The hunters were even going to track down Kino for the pearl. In conclusion, people would do anything, even risking their own life to get something they selfishly want.

Kino was very attracted to his pearl because it provided him with wealth and power which made him a very corrupted person. Kino really values and protects the pearl because he thinks it will benefit his family. For example, on page 25, the text states,” In the
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Instead of being corrupted by the wealth they became obsessed with it, showing how wealth can affect people around you. On page 23, It states that “All manner of people grew interested in Kino… Every man suddenly became related to Kino’s pearl…” “The news stirred up something infinitely black” This is showing how people around you can also be corrupted by wealth. Everyone around Kino had suddenly become attracted to the pearl. After Kino had obtained the pearl, the Neighbors begin following Kino everywhere, they follow him to the pearl buyers and to his shed. What this show are a sign of obsession, everywhere the pearl was, the neighbors would follow. On page 43, the Neighbors talk about what they would do if they had the pearl and what could happen to Kino, this is showing that the neighbors were jealous of Kino. It shows how the neighbors have a sense of bitterness for Kino because he had obtained the pearl of the world. So basically, the neighbors show how wealth can also change people around

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