Hunted by trackers and a rifle man, Juana and Kino hide in a cave to escape capture. Having lost everything, a defeated Kino returns to La Paz and sends his pearl back to the sea.
Each scene of suspense was dripping with the unknown. He refused and assured her that with the pearl sold, the family will flourish. Blinded by opportunity, Kino discovers too late that his treasure is a magnet for destruction.
Through clever use of symbolism, Steinbeck has written short passages, which elaborate the themes of greed, oppression and humanity in the natural world. A Native American family must save their child from a scorpion sting. All the events that that happened in the story slowly lead to Kino demise and shows that you must be content with what you have and concentrate on the more important things in life such as health, friends and family.
A pearl that seems so perfect, so innocent that it seems as if nothing harmful can come from it. And at that moment the laughing Coyotito shook the rope and the scorpion fell. The theme of greed is elaborated through objects and characters such as the pearl, the doctor and the pearl dealers.
The climax of the story begins to develop and shows how one event leads to another.