Essay Barbara Kingsolver 's Stone Soup

1000 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Family encompasses our whole world, whether you are a part of one or you see one from a distance. In Barbara Kingsolver’s “Stone Soup”, she speaks of her own experiences with families and her take on the original story of “Stone Soup.” On the other hand, E.B. White, who is also the author of other famous works such as Charlotte’s Web, speaks of memories he experienced in the past with his family in “Once More to the Lake”. While both pieces have a sense of family, “Stone Soup” by Barbara Kingsolver relates to the feeling of a family being as one and has a strong focus on a family’s inner workings, whereas “Once More to the Lake” by E.B. White focuses on reminiscing on childhood memories and reflecting on times with loved ones.
In “Stone Soup” by Barbara Kingsolver, she opens with speaking of a glorious scene of family that she observes from an outside perspective. She dares anyone to deem the family broken because of its untraditional ways. When most people think of a family, they imagine a father, a mother, and children, all happy and healthy. But why is this so? In today’s society, the world seems so much more diverse to me. It appears as though we have begun to accept the idea that, yes, parents get divorced, wives/husbands become widowed, or kids cut family members out of their lives. As Kingsolver says in her passage, “But we aren’t the Family of Dolls. Maybe you’re not, either.” She uses the reference to her playing with a toy family of dolls as a little girl. The…

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