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Critical Analysis Of The Short Story Breakfast By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck has illustrated a story of gratification, bliss and thankfulness to God for His blessings. He has given an account of his individual experience to prove that material goods are not the reason for bringing happiness in our lives. It is our approach towards life and God that guarantees it. The background of the story is that of the Great depression of the 1930’s in which America and in fact the entire world witnessed the worst and the longest dullness in trade, industry and work. “Unemployment, hunger and mass unrest threatened the stability of all governments”. International trade declined sharply as the depression spread around the world.
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Only true love can bring delight in our lives.
An unexpected convention with the undemanding and sincere family of cotton pickers gave Steinbeck a perpetual reminiscence. He had something to hold on to for his whole life. Something that was cheerful and soothing. The pleasant manners and pious belief of those underprivileged unqualified people awed him. They welcomed and requested him to have breakfast with them. They expressed their happiness by telling him that they were very happy as they were employed and also they had sufficient to eat. They were kind enough to proffer a job for him. They expressed their gratitude towards God before eating their food and implored for additional lucky things. This story left an amusing inkling on my intellect when I first read it.
Undoubtedly, this story is a censure on the money-oriented modern age, predominantly on the people who are living in urban areas. In his remarks, Steinbeck has talked about the subject matter of the story very marvelously. He has not tried to draw the theme for the readers. He has just given the hint that there is some element of beauty in the story. There is no suspense, thrill or surprise in it. We can interpret “Breakfast” symbolically or allegorically as well. The writer presents qualities as persons to instruct. The characters are personifying virtues not vices. Therefore, there is no...

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