What is the most important moral value a reader can learn from The Pearl?  

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Susan Hurn eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One of the major values developed in the novel can be found in the Song of the Family, which is introduced in the beginning. It represents all that is good in Kino's life: his wife, his child, his home, and the simple, peaceful life they enjoy in harmony with nature. When he becomes obsessed with the great pearl and the wealth it promises, however, the Song of the Family is destroyed and Kino comes close to losing his very soul. As Kino's obsession develops, he becomes like an animal, beating Juana. Eventually, he kills two men. At the conclusion of the story, Kino and Juana return to their village. Juana carries in her arms their dead baby in her blood-stained shawl. Together they go to the shore where Kino throws the pearl back into the sea. It has become ugly to him, and he acts to free himself and Juana from the evil into which it has drawn them. In returning to his village to separate himself from the pearl, Kino shows that he recognizes the value of what his old life had been and that his obsession with riches had destroyed it.