True Colors Unlimited wealth can bestow upon you everything your heart may desire, but it can also bring out the worst in you. In The Pearl by John Steinbeck evil and hope consumes both Kino an the humble town of La Paz, once word spreads of Kino’s finding of the pearl of the world. Everyone’s true colors shined threw once Kino established an unrestricted fortune. The power of the pearl brings Kino and his family hope, and a better tomorrow. “My son will read and open books and my son will write and will know writing.
And 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,” (24). The significance of the pearl will result in Coyotito having a prosperous future, with abundant amount funds to support a pleasant life style. Also Kino and Juana will gain knew both knowledge and wisdom, meaning they will not be easily deceived as much. Kino also sees new life threw the pearl, “…All of these things Kino saw in the lucent pearl and he said ‘We will have new clothes,’ (24).
This emphasizes Kino love for his family because instead of thinking about ways he could spend the pearl on himself he thinks of his family, and he can now afford to buy what he lays his eyes on. In addition the pearl has brought Kino a whole new out look on life, because he begging to care about all materialistic items and he hadn’t before. Kino and his family the pearl symbolizes hope, a better tomorrow, and the pursuit of happiness.
The pearl of the world had a different reaction to the town of La Paz it brought hate ret, envy, and anger towards Kino because he is in the way of their hopes and dreams. “… The doctor grew stern and judicious at the same time. ‘He is a client of mine,’ the doctor said. ‘I am treating his child four a scorpion sting,’ and the doctor’s eyes rolled up a little in their little fat hammocks and he thought of Paris,” (22). Money makes humans do or say certain things that in reality they wouldn’t even consider doing.
The doctor like everyone else in the town is only interested on how the pearl can help them, and don’t care about whom it belongs to but they do care about the fact they crave it like animals for meat and are willing to do anything to get it. “All manner of people grew interested in Kino people with things to sell and people with favors to ask. The essence of the pearl mixed with the essence of men and curios dark residue was precipitated,” (23). The essence of the pearl made the citizens of La Paz treat Kino differently because he is finically gained.