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How is the statment "greed corrupts" shown? Do you believe greed corrupts if so why?How...

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andrea5155 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2010 at 7:40 PM via web

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How is the statment "greed corrupts" shown? Do you believe greed corrupts if so why?

How is the statment "greed corrupts" shown? Do you believe greed corrupts if so why?

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM (Answer #3)

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It is easy to see that greed and the desire for wealth make the characters in The Pearl betray those with whom they should be the closest.

Take a look at the upper class-the doctor and the pearl buyers. They rely on the villagers to provide them with business--the upper class needs the lower class so they can stay in business; however, the main goal of the upper class is to stay rich.Therefore, they do whatever it takes to "swindle" the lower class.

Also, look at Kino. Before he found the Pearl of the World, he was an honest man that loved his family and enjoyed his simple life. Once the pearl offers the opportunity for a better life filled with riches, he begins to hurt those closest to him; he beats Juana, he kills a man, and he even basically tells Juana to shut his son up! The old Kino would never have behaved this way.

Juana also has greed in a sense--the greed for her "old" husband and "old" life back. She sees that her husband is corrupted by the pearl, and she betrays him by attempting to throw it back into the ocean.

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kendratan | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 10, 2010 at 11:58 PM (Answer #4)

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It is easy to see that greed and the desire for wealth make the characters in The Pearl betray those with whom they should be the closest.

Take a look at the upper class-the doctor and the pearl buyers. They rely on the villagers to provide them with business--the upper class needs the lower class so they can stay in business; however, the main goal of the upper class is to stay rich.Therefore, they do whatever it takes to "swindle" the lower class.

Also, look at Kino. Before he found the Pearl of the World, he was an honest man that loved his family and enjoyed his simple life. Once the pearl offers the opportunity for a better life filled with riches, he begins to hurt those closest to him; he beats Juana, he kills a man, and he even basically tells Juana to shut his son up! The old Kino would never have behaved this way.

Juana also has greed in a sense--the greed for her "old" husband and "old" life back. She sees that her husband is corrupted by the pearl, and she betrays him by attempting to throw it back into the ocean.

Everyone is greedy. the priest is greedy in a sense -- the greed to have a share of the money after selling the pearl for his church repairs. That's why he also wondered if kino had been married properly and if coyotito had been baptised.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 20, 2010 at 9:57 PM (Answer #5)

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The doctor especially portrays the greed of the man who loves luxury and social position.  He dreams of his time in Paris with all its luxury.  When he hears that Kino has the Pearl of the World, his attitude toward Kino changes in his desire for the great pearl; for, with such a pearl, he can return to Paris. While he appears solicitous of the baby, he watches Kino carefully for signs of where the pearl may be hidden.  When he sees one place, he sends some men back in the dark of night to steal the pearl for himself.  Then, too, the doctor represents the exploitation of the Americas by the Europeans.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 6, 2012 at 8:55 AM (Answer #7)

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The members of the village are already a little greedy, and the pearl brings out the worst in them.  The businessmen and the doctor are already corrupt.  Kino and his wife, on the other hand, are the only ones who are not corrupted by the pearl.

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