Victory or Loss? In your opinion, does Kino’s decision to throw the pearl into the ocean symbolize a victory or a loss to Kino?

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It was definitely a victory. The pearl brings him nothing but misery. It represents greed ad corrutopn and false friendship. Since it is theoretically worth so much, it takes great courage to give it up. By doing so, he gives up the potential life it offered but reclaims his true life and his true soul.

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Can one be on the fence on this one? Like a good politician, I can see both sides of this issue.

Yes, by throwing the pearl into the ocean, Kino rids himself of all the things that come along with wealth...greed, selfishness, and the like. One has just to read the Biblical passage Matthew 19:24 (Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.") to confirm the marriage of wealth and heavenly virtues.

 Without money and status on which to rely, he then can return to his roots and focus on what is "important" in life...family...hard work...honesty...etc. In this way it is a victory.

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