The Pearl

what is the moral overtone in chapter 1



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Chapter 1


Despite the serene description with which Steinbeck begins The Pearl, he also establishes that this existence is a precarious one; Coyotito's encounter with the scorpion illustrates this possibility of danger that the family faces at all times and brings into focus the magnitude of their poverty, showing that their poverty places a tangible price on their existence that Kino may not be able to pay. Although content, poverty exacts a price and this theme is illuminated in the first chapter.