The Pearl Money Can't Buy Love

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The Price of Love According to Steinbeck’s novel, The Pearl, money can’t buy happiness. The Pearl, introduces us to Kino and his wife, Juana, who live a happy life, oblivious to anything riches might bring them. It is not until their baby is stung by a scorpion and falls ill that they realize that money is a necessity. When they find a shining, one-of-a-kind pearl, they realize exactly what that money can bring them. Before they find the pearl, Kino and Juana are happy and comfortable in their relationship. As evidenced in the following quote, their relationship had developed to a point where most of their communication was non-verbal. “They had spoken once, but there is not need for speech if it is only habit anyway” (Steinbeck 4). Kino wakes content each morning, which is shown by the Song of the Family playing in his mind. “Sometimes it rose to an aching chord that caught in his throat, saying this is safety, this is warmth, this is the Whole” (3). Kino’s life changes when he finds the pearl. Once well-liked within the village, Kino suddenly finds that his friends turn on him. Kino’s pearl makes many villagers very jealous. The author explores the violence visited upon Kino when he describes how, “Kino could feel warm blood running from his forehead…” (38). The villagers also destroy his boat and burn his home to the ground. With so many enemies, Kino and Juana have to stay constantly vigilant, lest they be hurt or killed. It is an unhappy life to live, without friends and in constant fear. Unfortunately, it is not just friends that can be lost when wealth enters the picture. The pearl makes Kino crazy with greed, and he forgets what his true purpose once was. Kino and Juana almost lose each other. Kino chooses the pearl over his wife’s worries and fears. Time and again, Juana asks Kino to throw the pearl back, and time and again, Kino refuses. After Juana
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