Breakfast Short Story by John Steinbeck Summary

Breakfast Short Story Summary


The story is a faithful account of the writer’s visit to a family of cotton-pickers. He came upon this family as he was walking along a lonely road one morning. He saw a tent by the roadside. A woman carrying a baby was cooking breakfast for the family.


Two men, one young and the other old, came out of the tent. They welcomed the writer and invited him to breakfast. They looked very happy and contented with their lot. They said they were happy because they had got a cotton-picking job. They had been working in the cotton fields for the past twelve days. As they sat down to breakfast they told the writer how happy they were with their honest labor.


They offered the writer a job in the cotton fields. He was deeply impressed by the simple, honest living and hospitality of cotton-pickers.


The sudden meeting with the simple, honest family of cotton pickers became an everlasting sweet memory for the writer. It was a surprise for him because he did not know that such sincere and hospitable people existed in this society. The nice behavior and devout faith of these poor uneducated people impressed him.


They greeted the writer and invited him to breakfast. They told him how happy they were because they had a job to do and enough to eat. They offered the writer a job in the cotton fields. Before breakfast they thanked God for His blessings and prayed to him for further blessings. The story leaves a pleasant impression on the reader’s mind.


Note: Many of us have a myth in our heads that once we have made the choice of a profession, we will remain forever in it. Friends, it’s MYTH, MYTH, MYTH. It is possible (and necessary) to change the nature of its activities. There is nothing terrible, if in a year or two or three after the receipt, you realized that this is not yours, if you found a business that you like more. So it’s wonderful! So, if you are negative about education, answer the questions: That specialty, where did you go, is it desirable, is it your favorite business? Was it at the time of receipt? Have you analyzed the capabilities of the device in advance? Looking for demand for specialists in this specialty? Did you make efforts to find work? How good was your search for a place? Do you really like doing what you’ve learned? If you answered YES to all questions, if you did everything that depends on you, and at the same time consider that higher education is not necessary, then your position is very interesting to me, I will take pleasure in commenting on this topic with you.

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