Is Frodo the Only One to Throw Away a Treasure Desired by Everyone Because It Is Evil?

John Steinbeck’s The Pearl, based on an old Mexican fable, also deals with the destructive power of an object of great value that everyone wants.  Steinbeck does not write from a Christian perspective, but this deceptively simple story shows great insight into human nature and the ways in which temptation can come to dominate even the most innocent of people.  This most recent addition to the literature website applies biblical teachings and principles to what Steinbeck calls a parable, compared by many critics to the parables of Jesus.