The Pearl

chapter one

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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At the end of the first chapter, we come to understand that Kino's greatest conflict will take place within himself. The societal system in which he lives places monetary value on human lives. He doesn't have the money to care for his son, thus, no one will treat him. The withholding of services, not to mention the obstacles and difficulties Kino faces in his life foreshadow the story to come.