The Pearl (on Dehumanization)
Ever since Midas lust for gold, it appears to be that man has acquired a greed and appetite for wealth. Juana, the Priest, and the doctor have all undergone a change due to money. They are all affected by their hunger for wealth and intern is the base for their own destruction, and the destruction of society. Steinbecks “The Pearl” is a study of mans self-destruction through greed.
Juana, the faithful wife of Kino, a paltry peasant man, had lived a spiritual life for what had seemed like as long as she could remember. When her son Coyotito fell ill from the bite of a scorpion, she eagerly turned towards the spiritual aspects of life. Beginning to pray for her sons endangered life. The doctor, who had resided in the upper-class section of the town, refused to assistant the child, turning them away when they arrived at the door. Lastly they turned to the sea to seek their fortune. When Juana set sight on the “Pearl of The World.” she felt as though all her prayers had been answered, if she could have foreseen the future what she would have seen would have been a mirror image of her reality.
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