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maybe even forget what life is all about. Like Kino, one will not be able to escape the grasp of greed when it gets a hold of a person. Later on, Kino gets so helpless that it is utterly impossible for him to be independent. “‘This pearl had become my soul,’ said Kino. ‘If I give it up I shall lose my soul. Go thou also with God.’”(67) Steinbeck displays characterization to illustrate how the pearl has become so close to Kino that it is completely impossible for him to part with it. If one is weak and has greed within the person’s eyes, it only takes one time for it to overpower him or her. It then slowly rips a person apart and, before one knows it, it becomes his or her purpose in life. Kino is one of those victims and he feels like he is living for the pearl. The greed within people is hidden, but releases itself just as easily as when one lets greed get to his or her heads and controls one’s body. Greed blinds and turns the most logical people into ones who can not see the truth. Once since the pearl is a part of Kino’s life, he sees a bright future for his family and states: “My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know and through him we will know.”(26) Through this pearl, Kino creates a wonderful dream with numerous plans. This dream can take Kino’s family to a new and higher level by improving their level in the society. Kino does not realize that greed overlaps this dream. Characterization is demonstrating how he is using Coyotito to accomplish his goals. Kino later on ignores warnings from Juana and makes up his mind that the pearl is all he needs in order to be free.
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Wang 3 “‘This thing is evil,’ she cried harshly. ‘This pearl is like a sin! It will destroy us,’ and her voice rose shrilly. But Kino’s face was set, and his mind and his will were set. ‘This is our choice,’ he said. ‘Our son must go to school. He must break out of the pot that holds us in.’”(38) Before, this dream is still a regular dream to Kino. Now he sees the power within the dream and slowly finds the greed within this goal. Kino will not listen to anyone because he is too entangled with the idea of being wealthy. Steinbeck provides characterization through showing how Kino
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