In The Pearl, why is it important to Juana that Kino be the one to throw the pearl back into the sea? 

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The story of The Pearl—an allegory about the evils of modern civilization and the love of money—involves three central characters: a boy and his parents (Juana and Kino). There are other family members, including a baby, but principally these three characters are central.

The boy, who is a pearl diver, finds a magnificent pearl, the size and beauty of which has never before been seen in their small Mexican village. Ownership of this pearl goes to the family, but having it doesn't bring the good fortune that it should.

By the end of the story, Juana realizes too many adversities have befallen the family—related either directly to the pearl, like when someone broke into their hut to try and steal it, injuring Kino—or indirectly, such as her baby being stung by a Scorpion. Juana attributes her family being in danger to the new...

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