How are Kino and Juana compared in The Pearl by John Steinbeck?

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In John Steinbeck's novella The Pearl, Kino and Juana are simple and caring people at the outset of the story. What's interesting is that prior to their windfall of fortune, they are both united and caring, working together to care for each other and their family. They share many similarities of being simple, hardworking, and kind individuals.

However, after the arrival of the pearl, Kino begins to grow greedy and obsessive, knowing that he can get great fortune because of his discovery of the pearl. Juana, however, grows resentful and angry because Kino refuses to give up his pursuit of wealth from the pearl, and she swears the pearl is evil. During the events of the story, Juana steals and tries to get rid of the pearl, and Kino even becomes physically violent toward her, which shows the disparity in their personalities when a windfall takes them from working together to working against one another.

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One way to think about Kino and Juana is in the context of their gender roles as husband...

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