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The Pearl

The Pearl


by John Steinbeck


Character Role Analysis

Every man that isn't Kino or Juan Tomás

We’re talking about the doctor, priest, pearl-buyer, intruders, jealous neighbors, thieves—basically everyone. These are all the people who corrupt the pearl, who make it evil because of their greed. All the misery that Kino suffers is the result of people trying to screw him over so they can have his treasure for themselves.