Is the pearl found by Kino good or evil? Justify your answer with reference to Steinbeck's The Pearl.  

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What is interesting about the pearl, which is clearly the central symbol of this novella, is that the way it is depicted changes during the course of the novella, and in addition, that these changes relate to the changes that Kino as the central protagonist experiences. Initially, for example, the pearl is seen as a stroke of luck. However, Kino then begins to look at the pearl as if it were the answer to all of his prayers and the means by which he will be able to educate his son and free him from the vicious cycle of poverty and dependence that has plagued his people for so long. Note what he says about the pearl:

In the pearl he saw Coyotito sitting at a little desk in a school, just as Kino had once seen it through an open door. And Coyotito...

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It is an interesting question. The pearl is an evil because it only brought troubles than goodness. It did what a scorpion did not do; it caused the death of the baby. Juana becomes conviced that the pearl is evil and it will destroy their life.

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