The Pearl

Describe the state of Kino's mind during chapter 3

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In this chapter, Steinbeck equates the pearl with hope for the future, for it is the means by which Kino and Juana will be able to provide for Coyotito and give him a better life. The pearl also represents a sense of freedom by enabling Kino to educate Coyotito and give him the ability to choose his own profession and way of life apart from the deterministic poverty of his parents.Kino certainly feels the rush and freedom of new found wealth. At the same time the pearl brings a sense of uneasiness and dread. No more does he hear the gentle song of the family. Kino feels the unstableness of his friends and neighbours. Money and not peace occupies Kino's mind.