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A parable is some type of story, usually simple, used to teach a moral lesson, truth, religious concept, etc. With this in mind, let's consider the novella The Pearl by John Steinbeck. The protagonist in the story (main character), Kino, is a terribly poor young husband and father who can barely survive from day to day. One day, he finds an enormous pearl at the bottom of the sea. Determined to make a new life for himself and his family, Kino attempts to sell the pearl in town. Along the way, he discovers that people try to cheat him, manipulate him because he is uneducated, and eventually steal from him and attempt to kill him. The "truth" or "moral" of this story may be, be grateful for the life that you have. Don't always assume that the grass is always greener. The moral could also be, be careful what you wish for. Sometimes keeping up with the Joneses can lead to destruction. In the end, Kino's pursuit of riches and worldly glory leads to death and destruction--hardly a fair trade-off considering his once noble intentions. Thus, we can look at this story as a parable of a man who perhaps concerns himself too much with worldly happiness, instead of being grateful for the many blessings he already has. I hope that helps.