John Steinbeck's The Pearl tells the story of a pearl diver named Kino. Kino lives a simple life, and adores his family. At the beginning of the story Steinbeck shows how content Kino’s family is. Everything seems to be going perfect for Kino and his family that is until the discovery of the most wonderful pearl in the world changes his life forever. As the story advances Kino’s newborn, Coyotito gets bitten by a scorpion. Kino’s wife, Juana insists that they take Coyotito to the town’s doctor. Inevitably the doctor refuses to help Coyotito because Kino is unable to make a payment.
Kino, Juana, and Coyotito go back to the beach and row out to an oyster bed, where he begins to search for the pearl. As Kino continues to search, Juana takes things into her own hands after being refused by the doctor and sucks the poison out of Coyotito and then puts seaweed on the wound, unknowingly healing him. Meanwhile Kino gathers several small oysters but suddenly comes across a particularly large oyster. He picks the oyster up and returns to the surface. When Kino opens the oyster he discovers the pearl. Word that the pearl has been discovered travel through the town quickly. People in the town became jealous of Kino and his family which eventually leads to a great deal of harm.
When the doctor gets word that Kino has found the pearl he quickly rushes to their house to care for Coyotito after first turning them away. The doctor decides to help Coyotito because he realizes they now can afford to pay him which makes him start to recall the luxurious life he once lived while in Paris. This shows that the doctor does not care about helping Coyotito; he is merely interested in getting paid so he can live like he once did. The doctor is a good example of how the love of money affects a person moral character and what they stand for. But the doctor is not only one who views Kino’s pearl as an opportunity to get money, the town’s priest also has the same idea. “a thoughtful look in his eyes and a memory of certain repairs necessary to the church. He wondered what the pearl would be worth.
And he wondered whether he had baptized Kino's baby, or married him for that matter.”(pg.14)
After learning that Kino discovered the pearl the priest suddenly starts thinking of ways to get money out of Kino and questions his character when he wonders if Kino will make donations to the church. If Kino did not have the pearl the priest probably could care less if Coyotito was baptized of if Juana and Kino are married in the church. But his desire for money enables to him act a way we would not normally do.
Money is the root of all evil in this story. Steinbeck carefully demonstrates that by showing how the citizens of the town start to become envious savages who become obsessed over the pearl including the priest and the doctor. The rage in the town becomes notable when in the night Kino is attacked by an unknown dark force, “he sprang like an angry cat, leaped striking and...