Steinbeck leads some of us to believe the main comflict of the book is Coyotito's scorpian sting, but its just a complication. What is the major conflict of the book, as established in the end of the first chapter? How does Kino feel about this conflict?
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The real conflict is the oppression of Kino's race through over 400 years of mistreatment. Kino finds that no one will treat him fairly until he finds the pearl; the priest has refused to marry Kino and Juana; the doctor will not treat the baby; people only become interested in him once he has something that they greedily want. Kino wants more for his family: a marriage, an education for Coyotito, treatment like a man and not a peon.