In The Pearl in Chapter 5 what does Kino mean when he says the pearl has become his soul?

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This question goes to the very heart of this profound novel as it explores the way that the pearl, which was hoped to have done so much good for Kino and his family, actually becomes a symbol of man's greed and avarice, and brings disaster and destruction to Kino. In this sad chapter, we see the pearl bringing discord between Kino and Juana, Kino is attacked for the third time because of it and kills a man to defend the pearl, Kino's canoe that...

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