What animal imagery is used to describe Kino and Juana in Chapter 5 of The Pearl?

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Kino is described as “hissing like a snake” when he attacks his wife Juana for trying to throw the pearl back into the sea, fearing that it will bring evil into their family. Juana looks at him as a sheep will stare at a butcher who is about to take...

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Kino is described as “hissing like a snake” when he attacks his wife Juana for trying to throw the pearl back into the sea, fearing that it will bring evil into their family. Juana looks at him as a sheep will stare at a butcher who is about to take its life. Kino moves like a “crushed bug,” moving sluggishly after he kills a figure in the dark who may be after the pearl. The ultimate imagery comes when he discovers that someone has knocked a hole in the boat that has been in his family for generations. He “was an animal now.” He lives only to preserve himself and his family. The pearl has lowered him to the basest form, where he lives merely to survive in possession of the pearl. His peaceful life has been destroyed. He has lost his humanity and has become a beast. He hoped that the pearl would raise him up to a higher level, but instead it has lowered him.

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