This is a foreshadowing of the many town’s people who are filled with poisonous envy and evil as they sneak into Kino’s home to steal the pearl and poison his life.Many people in the world today grow crazy and mad when surrounded by even the slightest bit of wealth and good fortune.
Kino has the false belief that the newfound material wealth could grant them more happiness.
In the end the pearl costs Kino his harmonious life, his house, his canoe and his family.
Kino desires to rise into superiority by giving his child a good education and having new clothes for him and his wife, all of those are innocent dreams of a poor man in a rich man’s world.
Kino’s dreams are simply dreams and could not come true because they would upset the social hierarchy.
The Scorpion The scorpion is a form of foreshadowing as well as a symbol of the evil that is yet to come into Kino’s life.
The scorpion sneaks into the family’s home in attempts to take away their most valuable possession, their son.Even a strong person who recognizes their priorities can still become corrupt with too much power.There is no better example of a person falling into the path of evil and corruption than in a novel written by John Steinbeck.The author writes, “Kino held the great pearl in his hand, and it was warm and alive in his hand.And the music of the pearl had merged with the music of the family so that one beautified the other” (23-24).It is clear that Kino would go to great lengths to cure Coyotito and when the opportunity arises he desires a better life for him and his family.However the pearl drives Kino crazy with greed and as a result he loses his blissful relationship with his wife and ultimately loses his son.When Kino first finds the pearl, it is a symbol of hope and salvation.The pearl and what it holds of wealth represents a great potential for the family and so their ambitions grow big.Kino himself is greedy when he refuses to dispose of the pearl that brings him danger.It seems that the pearl and material wealth in general brings out the greed in the people who seek it.