Within the story Stone Soup, even though it is a fairly short story, there is still much analysis to be done on it. In the beginning of the story, where everyone is very selfish and thinking of only themselves, the Author’s vocabulary consists of mainly harsh, negative words. It states, ” […] there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors.” When the author is trying to explain the negative emotions of the townspeople, he does so with the presence of harsh adjectives including; jealously, hoarded, famine, etc.
The subject of the story is the stone that is thrown into the soup, that in turn, deceives the townspeople into thinking the stone is the reason behind the making of the delicious soup. Towards the end of the story it says that the villagers offered the weary soldier a great deal of money for the stone, but he refused it. The great idea behind the subject, is this small , useless stone could unify (so to speak) a town of selfish people unwilling to spare any food to the traveler. Only with the presence of this ‘magical stone’ they mindlessly would share their food.
The meaning behind this underlying idea of Stone Soup, that when everyone contributes to working together, a greater good is then received. No one was willing to make a meal for the traveler with solely their own food, but when they came together, each contributing a little, they were able to feed the whole town, including the traveler.