Corrupted power features in The Pearl as the nasty reality of colonial domination and oppression. The Mexican natives of La Paz live on the outskirts of a town of colonizing Europeans, greedy men who keep the natives in poverty and ignorance. Many of the sorrows of this tragic tale stem from attempts on the part of the powerful to take advantage of the weak.
Every character in The Pearl abuses his or her power over someone weaker. The trait is a universal human characteristic; we therefore cannot condemn any one character for this reason.