Why was Kino attacked?

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Kino is attacked because he is the owner of the "Pearl of the World," the largest pearl ever seen around the area of La Paz, where he and his family live. At the beginning of the story, a scorpion stings Kino's son, Coyotito. Unable to satisfy the price-gouging demands of...

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Kino is attacked because he is the owner of the "Pearl of the World," the largest pearl ever seen around the area of La Paz, where he and his family live. At the beginning of the story, a scorpion stings Kino's son, Coyotito. Unable to satisfy the price-gouging demands of the doctor in order to get his son treatment, Kino desperately dives for pearls. Incredibly, he discovers a gigantic oyster that yields an enormous pearl.

News of Kino's good fortune spread quickly through La Paz, and all over jealousy and greed brew in the wake of the news. Kino is attacked in his hut by a thief attempting to find the pearl and again in town where he is trying to sell it. The third time he is attacked, he is forced to kill his assailant, proving his wife correct in thinking that the pearl is evil.

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Towards the beginning of the novella, Kino ends up finding the Pearl of the World, which is the most spectacular, massive pearl ever found in the region. The news of Kino's discovery travels through the village and town at a rapid speed and everyone knows that Kino possesses the most expensive object in the region. Kino's fortune brings him many enemies as jealous townspeople envy his amazing pearl. Kino is attacked on three separate occasions by criminals attempting to steal his expensive pearl. Kino is first attacked in his home at night and is struck over the head. After attempting to sell the pearl in town, Kino is attacked for the second time and suffers a laceration across his face. When he is attacked for the third time, Kino ends up killing the attacker and is forced to flee his village. Overall, Kino gets attacked three times by people who are trying to steal his expensive pearl.

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