“Stone Soup”


11 Responses to ““Stone Soup””

  1. Ebony Edwards-Ellis Says:

    Like “Siren Song”, Kingsolver also ponders what it is to be a family. Unlike “Siren Song”, however, I found “Stone Soup” to be quite funny. I liked how Kingsolver’s use of medically based similes so accurately described the pain of failed marriages. (“Dissembling a marriage in these circumstances is as much fun as amputating your own gangrenous leg” is my favorite phrase.) And there is metaphorical language scattered throughout.

    The fact that Kingsolver also skillfully deconstructs myths about the nuclear family bolsters her argument. I’ve already read and enjoyed the Poisonwood Bible so I guess I will seek out more work from this author.

  2. 3 ways to interpret the story according to wiki.

    1. We can all work together, co-operate and end up better off.

    2. If you want to get people to do something, don’t tell them how desperately they are needed. Don’t try to appeal to their sympathy and kindness. Instead, create the impression that you are giving them the opportunity to be part of your success.

    3. (Nail Soup version) Beware of strangers offering nothing in exchange for a little something.

    What I derive is a tad different from the above. This story reinforces the belief that having brains can get you out of any dire situation.

  3. addiehopes Says:


    Make sure that you read Kingsolver’s essay, “Stone Soup”. You seem to have read the fable, “Stone Soup”, which Kingsolver refers to at the end of her essay.

    Here’s a question for everyone: how does Kingsolver use the fable, and to what end?

  4. Onyekachi Ukwu Says:

    The “Stone Soup,” by Kingsolver is more like an argument against the traditional meaning of family father, mother and children. She explains what a family is from her perspective. She uses examples,statistics and metaphors to persuade her readers of what a true family is. For Kingsolver, a family can be made up of individual or a group of people who are not related by marriage or blood, but leave together in peace and harmony. Kingsolver made a stong argument.

  5. Paule Seide Says:

    This text by Kingsolver is a very pragmatic and less emotional piece compared to” Siren Song”. I like the way the character pointed to the facts in History that shaped our view, definition and model of family. Obviously, during the last decades, those views have not changed for we are still stuck with the American doll model of family which does not reflect our actual reality in this society. The character also shows that we need each other to survive; that being too judgmental and self-righteous as a society actually destroy us. Only by being open-minded, understanding, supportive and helpful of each other can we expect to advance because everybody at one point or another has had to live through some though times that do not comply to our perfect conceptions and principles. In a way I do agree with Kingsolver’s raised issues when it comes to how intransigent we can be in our preconceived standards that may not be applicable for the majority of us but, at the same time, we should be careful also as to not become so understanding and open-minded that we forget our good values in the first place just to keep adjusting to others reality. For example, the character complained about people who resent divorcees and the term “irreconcilable differences”. It is true that most people divorce for greater reasons than those “irreconcilable differences”(abuse, violence, death threat, infidelity…) but doesn’t it suggest a greater problem than just some of the aforementioned situations when the divorce rate in America has more than doubled in the past decade. Isn’t it more like a loophole for people to become lazy in their relationships and use divorce as the way out at the first sign of hardship? To answer Addie Hopes question, I think that Kingsolver wanted to show that those who often point the finger and judge others do so because they can see their own errors and weaknesses mirrored in the other person and they themselves have little to offer as a better example. It shows that when we all decide to come together instead of blaming each other, the little that we each have to offer, once added, becomes something that we can all benefit from no matter how different it turns out for each of us.

  6. Farrah Benoit Says:

    In the above essay was an intriguing example of what society deems acceptable for a typpical home. All aspects of our home gets judged from the way we handle our children to how our unfinished marriages get labeled as “failed.” To know that people criticize to such an extent leaves an unsettling emotion to many, especially when how we raise our kids gets challenged by others demanding “those kids need a good licking.” I think its sad we carry these labels day in and day out given to us by society and the media.

  7. Rizwan Bakhshi Says:

    In this essay Kingsolver talks about what is a “traditional” successful family. She argues about why divorced marriages are called “failed” and not “finished” and how it impacts children.

    Kingsolver used the fable “Stone Soup” to explain how Generosity and Respect can make difficult situation better. This is what we should teach our children and our families would come out to be as good (successful)as soldier’s “Stone Soup”.

  8. Rachel Shupe Says:

    I really enjoyed this essay. I love that she picked apart “traditional”, and “family”. However, this put me onto a whole other train of thought. It seems that in the past, families have been born out of neccessity, or out of strict social customs. Fo example, the multi-generational household vs. the nuclear or victorian family. I feel that in this day and age, we are able to define our own family in any way that we want to. Like any choice, this is both wonderful and overwhelming. If you have the possibility of choosing your family (2 moms? 2 dads? 4 moms? grandma and grandpa? neighbors? just dad and /or mom and baby?) the options are endless. If all you want at the end of the day is the healthiest, best situation for yourself and your family, what should one choose? I believe that there is no such thing as normal, only what you can do and what you can’t do, to borrow a line from a children’s movie.

  9. Patrick R Pierre Says:

    “Stone Soup” by Kingslover gave me a different understanding on the definiton of the word family. Instead of being a short story it felt more like watching 20/20 in the sense that it was kind of enlightening. When the author goes through different time periods and explains what families were like at the time it made me feel great about my mess of a family.

  10. Faith Nwodo Says:

    This story explains different aspect of family in good and bad times.marriage is for better and for worse, but these days all we now know is for better and for worse is to pack our stuff and leave. Kingsolver explains that the only way people get out of a marriage is divorce, which affects the entire household.I find it interesting how she says a marriage that just ended is called “failed” and the children are called “children of divorce”, poor kids.All this are quite true,families comes with its packages but we are meant to try and solve things and not give up.It is also sad to know that one is treated differently or is left alone during a divorce.

  11. John Chen Says:

    Farrah Benoit

    “‘those kids need a good licking.’ I think its sad we carry these labels day in and day out given to us by society and the media.”

    I concur that society plays a major role in labeling. There are just way too many ignorant folks out there. They believe that their doll-house upbringing is the only upbringing that is suppose to be recognized. And when they see something else, they start poking their fingers and voicing their definition of a “proper” family.

    I am not a die hard media fan, but the media does not push people to condemn non doll-house families. Example: You see gay, lesbian, and single parented individuals do talk shows just about every day of the week now. And many series that are broadcasted now involves abnormal familes or individuals with peculiar families. Shows such as One and a half Men, Rebba, Simpsons, etc. depicts really tangled up families.

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