What does Kino say will make him free in John Steinbeck's The Pearl?

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After Kino discovers the Pearl of the World, he begins to dream of the numerous possibilities and opportunities that lay before him after he sells the expensive pearl for a high price. Kino initially dreams of getting married in a church and owning new clothes for the wedding ceremony. Kino then imagines buying his own rifle, which is considered a novelty to his people. Kino goes on to dream about his son, Coyotito, sitting at a school desk and getting an education, which is something that his people cannot access. Kino then says:

"My son will read and open the books, and my son will write and will know writing. And my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know - he will know and through him we will know" (Steinbeck, 13).

Kino believes that Coyotito's education and knowledge will allow him to be free. As an oppressed, racially discriminated Mexican-Indian, Kino and his people do not have access to education and remain at the mercy of the European...

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