Ever since Midas' lust for gold, it appears to be that man has
acquired a greed and appetite for wealth. Juana, the Priest, and
the doctor have all undergone a change due to money. They are
all affected by their hunger for wealth and inturn are the base for
their own destruction, and the destruction of society. Steinbeck's
"The Pearl" is a study of man's self destruction through greed.
Juana, the faithful wife
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doctor, and Juana were all affected by the affects of greed.
Whether they are striving for wealth or are in the path of those
that are, they are all equally affected. The story of Midas lives
on as a caution to those who crave the warmth and comfort of money.
Beckoning to those who struggle to achieve wealth, and hoping that
they will respond, and possibly not put wealth on the top shelf of