The Pearl

2. Explain what Kino means when he says that the pearl has become his soul, and that if he gives it up, he will lose his soul. Does Steinbeck depict Kino’s devotion to the pearl as a positive or negative quality? Why?

what did kino mean and what was the aruthr intessions where they postive or negative and why

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I always think of Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy when I think of Steinbeck's "The Pearl". In the Lord of the Rings, the ring envelops the soul whoever has it. The ring brings power but it exacts a price. This price is indeed the soul of whoever chooses to use it. Similarly the Pearl exacts a price as well. It represents more money than Kino has ever seen. It also represents a lifestyle that he has never imagined. The pearl, however, becomes all that Kino cares about. It possesses his soul, his very being. Juana sees this but is powerless against its pull. So no, the pearl is not a good thing for Kino. It upsets the balance that he has had in his life. Kino covets the pearl even at the expense of his own family.