The Pearl

what do kinos ambitions and wishes show about his character and life ?

Chapter 3

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Kino envisions how he will be dressed, and sees Coyotito in a yachting cap and sailor suit from the United States. Kino then imagines buying a rifle. Thinking of the rifle breaks down barriers for Kino, as he imagines the whole lot of things that he might have. He thinks that Coyotito will go to school and learn to read. He claims that "my son will make numbers, and these things will make us free because he will know‹he will know and through him we will know." Really these are the ambitions of a poor man dreaming of the perfect life. It is no different than a poor person in America dreaming of what they might do with lottery winnings. For Kino, these are the things that he thinks will make his life perfect.