Character Analysis of Kino from The Pearl


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Kino, a character from the story "The Pearl," is a prime
example of a developing character. From the start through
to the end, he develops drastically. At the beginning, he
was thought out to be a good loyal husband but as time
went on he became a selfish, greedy person who would do
anything for money. When the story began Kino seemed to
be a good husband who wanted nothing more than to be
able to support his family. After a scorpion had stung
Coyotito, Kino prayed that he would find a pearl not to
become a rich man but so that he could pay the doctor to
heal the baby, as he would not work free. After Kino had
spent long hard hours searching the ocean floor, he finally
found the pearl he had worked for. At first when he found
it, he only wanted to pay the doctor to cure Coyotito.
However as time passed he began to think of all the things
that he could acquire with the money form the pearl and
began to develop greed and selfishness. When people
asked him what he would buy now that he was a rich man,
he was quick to list several items that came to his mind.
One of these items was a rifle. Kino wanted a rifle because
he wanted to show power over the rest of his village. When
Kino took the pearl to the pearl buyers to sell, he was
offered one thousand pesos. Kino declined that offer
claiming that his pearl was "The Pearl of the World." By
reacting in such a manner he yet again demonstrates his
greed. It is not about saving Coyotito anymore, for he is
already feeling well, it is now about the money. Although
one thousand pesos was more money than Kino had ever
seen he demanded that he would get fifty thousand pesos.
Later in the text, Kino discovers Juana trying to destroy the
pearl, causing Kino to become very angry, and resulted in
him beating her. Although Juana was in very much pain she
accepted the beating as if it were a punishment and stayed
with Kino. A while later Kino was attacked by another
man who wanted the pearl for himself and defended his
pearl by killing the man. It is around this point in the story
where Kino displays his greatest point of greed and
selfishness. When Kino gets ready to attack the trackers
Coyotito lets out a cry awakening one of the sleeping
trackers. The tracker on watch described the cry as being
the cry of a baby, however, the tracker who had just
awaked described it as being a coyote. The tracker on
guard then lifted his rifle and shot in the direction of the
sound. This sparked the deadliest of fuses in Kino, which
turned him from a normal man into a fearsome,
uncontrollable, machinelike man killing everything in it\'s
path. When Kino returned to the village he looked at the
pearl and began to realize the effect it had on him, his
family, and his village, and decided to throw it back into the
ocean where it came from. Kino has paid a large price to
learn such a valuable lesson, that we should not let greed
and our want for something to overcome us and let us lose
sight of the important things in life such as family, health,
and life itself.