(By: John Steinbeck)
THEME OF THE STORY OR A STORY OF SIMPLE PEOPLE
Q: What is the theme or central idea of the story? OR What type of people has been presented in the story? OR Why can the writer not forget his meeting with the simple villagers? Discuss. OR “That’s all”, says the narrator almost at the end of story, “I know, of course, some of the reasons why it was pleasant.” Discuss. OR “Breakfast” is a simple story of simple people. Elaborate.
Answer: – The story “Breakfast” is a simple story of simple people who believe in “Dignity of labour.”Through the depiction of simple cotton-pickers, the writer wants to give a very beautiful message. “Plenty is not necessarily a source of pleasure and happiness.”If one is contented, one can feel satisfied because: “Contentment is the greatest wealth.”
Once, the writer went for a walk. He came across a woman who was nursing her infant as well as preparing breakfast for her family near a tent. Later, he saw an old man and a young man coming out of the tent. They invited the writer to share breakfast with them. The way they invited the writer was so sweet that the writer could not say ‘No.’ He readily accepted their invitation. They all enjoyed their breakfast. The writer observed that they were all very happy and thankful to God for providing them twelve days work. The writer also observed them enjoying their breakfast free of all the fever and fret of the world. After the breakfast, the young man further showed his goodness and offered the writer to join the work of cotton-picking with them if he wished but the writer thanked them for their kindness and came back. That’s why, the writer commented: “I know, of course, some of the reasons why it was pleasant.” That’s why, the writer was unable to forget his meeting with these simple villagers. (Words: 236)