The pearl chap. 3
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Steinbeck portrays the town a powerful unit, full of men who work together to suppress the deviant elements in their midst. Kino finding the Pearl triggers a nerve throughout the town. In fact everything Kino does triggers a nerve in the town from trying to sell to speculators to walking to the city. The town seems to react as one organism to KIno's fate and destiny.
Oh yes, I do agree with this statemnt. I think Steinbeck is trying to portray a sort of naturalism to Kino's environment. Everything seems to be organic including the relationship berween the villagers to each other and their envronment. Any disturbance,good or bad, affects the town.