Kino's Emotions In Steinbeck’s Novel, The Pearl

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A small twist of fate can destroy the life of an individual. Kino, a Mexican, pearl diver, is in desperate need of help when his baby, Coyotito, is stung by a scorpion. Kino feels his only hope is to find a pearl beautiful enough to sell. His dream comes true when he discovers a magnificent pearl one morning. At first the discovery of the pearl can be looked upon as not only a miracle but also a life saver. Throughout the novel it becomes apparent the pearl is no where close to a miracle. Kino’s life becomes a struggle with many decisions that have to be made. In Steinbeck’s novel, The Pearl, the power of the pearl relates to Kino’s emotions.
Kino is hopeful in the beginning of the novel, and the power of the pearl is purely good. When he finds the “Pearl of the World” he begins to think his luck has turned for the better. Coyotito appears to be healed and Kino decides he will keep the money from the pearl for his family, but when they return to the doctor he advises Kino and his wife, Juana, to have the baby treated. The baby is treated and they plan to pay the doctor the next day after they sell the pearl. He considers the morning that he goes to sell the pearl “the morning of all mornings, comparable only to the day when the baby had been born” (Steinbeck 43; ch. 4). He begins to think of a very bright future for him and his family where he and Juana will finally have a wedding and his son will attend school. Kino leaves his house confidently with hopes of selling the pearl.
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