The Pearl represents John Steinbeck’s belief about the American Dream, even though he uses a different setting than the United States. The illusion of easy wealth and carefree living is an alluring dream; but it is simply that--a dream. The poor, who are typically consumers and not investors, are destined to remain in poverty unless the laws of money are studied and obeyed. The "hero" of The Pearl is Kino, a poor Mexican, who represents the common man, or the "Everyman," with his typical concerns about life and family. After finding an enormous pearl, Kino’s contentment with his station in life changes as the story progresses. While some of his problems seem to be solved, Kino attracts a host of other troubles due to his finding the pearl. This is a gripping tale centered on envy, evil, devotion, and love.