What significance does repetition have in the lives of Kino and Juana?The Pearl by John Steinbeck

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In John Steinbeck's allegorical novella, The Pearl, before Kino finds the great Pearl of the World, his and Juana's lives are simple and mundane.  As such they do have order, whereas after his finding of the great pearl, there is chaos for his family and him. Kino's greed for the pearl leads him to violent acts towards his wife and others, acts that eventually lead to the death of his baby. In contrast, their life before the discovery of the Pearl of the World, Kino and Juana were able in their repetition of diurnal activities to shape their world themselves.In this simplicity of life, also, Kino and Juana were part of their community and there was order and the protection of a distinct culture. In fact, the repetition of their lives is a metaphor for order and peace.

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