Why did John Steinbeck decide to write The Pearl?

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ktmagalia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In order to assist you with this question, and without giving you my personal answer as this appears to be a question requiring a student to deeply think about context and purpose, it's important to consider the themes of this captivating novel.  If one concludes that ultimately Steinbeck's The Pearl is a novella about the consequences of greed and the dangers of extreme wealth, then one can easily draw a logical conclusion of his ultimate purpose for writing.