Ever due to the fact Midas’ lust for gold, it appears to be that man has acquired a greed and appetite for wealth. Juana, the Priest, and the medical doctor have all undergone a alter due to funds. They are all affected by their hunger for wealth and inturn are the base for their personal destruction, and the destruction of society. Steinbeck’s “The Pearl” is a study of man’s 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 recall. When her son Coyito fell ill from the bite of a scorpion, she eagerly turned towards the spiritual aspects of life. Beginning to pray for her son’s endangered life. The physician who had resided in the upper-class section of the town, refused to assistant the youngster, 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 although 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. Juana’s husband was caught in a twisted realm of mirrors, and they have been all shattering one particular by a single. In the night he heard a “sound so soft that it could possibly have been simply a thought…” and quickly attacked the trespasser. This is exactly where the challenges for Juana and her household began. The worry that had mounted in Kino’s physique had taken handle more than his actions. Soon even Juana who had usually had faith in her husband, had doubted him tremendously. “It will destroy us all” she yelled as her try to rid the loved ones of the pearl had failed. Kino had not listened on the other hand, and quickly Juana began to lose her spiritual side and for a long time she had forgotten her prayers that had at as soon as meant so a great deal to her. She had tried to assistance Kino just before to considerably trouble had aroused, only to find out that she was not competent enough to enable.