Have you ever been told you were greedy? When Kino found the Pearl, he was suddenly changed by it. He became greedy and selfish the longer he had and thought of the Pearl. Taking possession over the Pearl also caused him to make horrible decisions. Lastly, the incredible find of it made him powerful and popular. Everyone came to him asking for wishes, favors, or needs. The longer Kino held on to the Pearl, the more he became selfish. Greed can emotionally change a person.
When Kino found the pearl, suddenly everything was all about him and his new wealth. “The news came to the doctor… [his] eyes rolled up a little in their fat hammocks and he thought of Paris. He remembered the room he had lived in there as a great and luxurious place… ” (22) When the towns people learned of Kino’s great wealth, they began let their minds wonder in search of things they desired that would bring pleasure to them. They became selfish as they only thought of themselves. And in the incandescence of the pearl the pictures formed of the things Kino’s mind had considered in the past and had given up as impossible. ” (24) Kino really only wanted to own objects he did not need that would only benefit him and his family. Lastly, the pearl emotionally changed Kino by making him greedy and selfish. Greed can make you do horrible things to you and your surroundings. When Kino found the pearl, he became extremely greedy and overprotective of it for he did not want anyone to steal it from him. After he had probed the night with his senses he went to the place by the side post where the pearl was buried, and he dug it up and brought it to his sleeping mat, and under his sleeping mat he dug another little hole in the dirt floor and buried the pearl and covered it up again. ” (36) Instead of spending enjoyable time with his loving family, Kino decided to guard the pearl. The money meant so much to him; he could not stand losing it. This was not the only horrid thing Kino did. “Now, in an instant, Juana knew that the old life was gone forever.
A dead man in the path and Kino’s knife, dark bladed beside him, convinced her. ” (60-61) The old days when they were poor and had fun filled memories would never be restored with new ones. Kino would not go back to his past self, who enjoyed his simple life. Therefore the primary thing that mattered to Kino most was the pearl, and that was a terrible belonging, because it had him doing distasteful things just to protect it. Greed can make you powerful- which is not always a good thing. Suddenly just about everyone had an interest in Kino’s extraordinary wealth. And when it was made plain who Kino was, the doctor grew stern and judicious at the same time. ‘He is a client of mine,’ the doctor said. ” (22)Originally, the doctor had despised Kino, and everyone else of Kino’s deprived race. But once the doctor found out Kino had become extremely wealthy, he decided to help Kino’s son, shortly after rejecting Kino’s plea. Kino became very popular once everyone found out he had the pearl. “All manner of people grew interested in Kino- people with things to sell and people with favors to ask. Kino fad found the Pearl of the World.
The essence of pearl mixed with essence of men and a curious dark residue was precipitated. Every man suddenly became related to Kino’s pearl, and Kino’s pearl went into the dreams, the speculations, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the needs, the lusts, the hungers, of everyone…” (23) Kino was instantly loved by practically everybody after his newly found wealth, because they all became greedy and wanted something from him. Because of the pearl, Kino became a selfish and greedy person. After he found the Pearl, he was “changed. Over time, he got more self centered and wanted things he didn’t need. The Pearl had Kino making horrible decisions. Kino would guard the Pearl when he should’ve really been guarding his poor family of the mess he got them in. Lastly, when everyone in the community found out Kino found a pearl, he became very popular and powerful. His friends and other people came up to him asking for favors or wishes. People just wanted him because of his new wealth. In The Pearl the reader learns that money isn’t always the true key to happiness.