Nice to Eat With You:

Acts of Communion by Thomas Foster

Presentation by: Madeline Gillman

Been swimming for 8 years...

English II...

2nd year at Lake Norman High School...


What is communion?

"Breaking bread together is an act of sharing and peace, since if you're breaking bread you're not breaking heads"(8)

  • "Breaking bread" , as Foster says, is a form of communion

  • Communion is the sharing and the becoming of a community.

  • This makes communion a symbol of harmony and appreciation.

Forms of communion

"I want to be with you, you want to be with me, let us share the experience. And thats the point: communion doesn't need to be holy. Or even decent"(9).

  • Communion isn't only religious, it's an act of acceptance between people whether its in a religious place or in a local restaurant

  • The difference in communion in literature and everyday life is, in literal communion, events happen that affect a characters future's and friendships.

Foster's view of communion in literature

"In literature, there is another reason: writing a meal scene is so difficult, and so inherently uninteresting, that there really needs to be some compelling reason to include one in the story. And that reason has to do with how characters are getting along. Or not getting along"(8).

  • Meals in literature have a deeper reason behind them. Whether it's reviling a new friendship or the complete opposite.

Positive examples in literature

Positive Example:

"Eating with another is a way of saying, "I'm with you, I like you, we form a community together." And that is a form of communion"(8).

  • Accepting someone's offer for food symbolizes a communion of acceptance, approval, and friendship.

Negative examples in literature

Negative Example:

"If a well-run meal or snack that tends good things for community and understanding, then the failed meal stands as a bad sign"(11).

  • A meal gone wrong in literature ends in enemies, broken relationships, or other negative events resulting in the leaving of a character. Just like in harry potter...

Examples in Other Books

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Chapter two, Aunt Marge's Big Mistake

Learning More of Communion Through Other Texts

Think, Pair, Share!

  1. Each student will read the passage from Monkeys.
  2. With the notes students have taken, they will discuss and answer a question with a partner.
  3. We will discuss the text as a class and share answers/views.


Think of 3 stories where characters came together for a communion(meal). Describe the meal, and describe weather the meal was a success or a failure? How did it relate to Sophie's family communion failure? Or how was it the opposite?


Find a partner. Then, write down and discuss your answers.


Discuss you and your partners answers with the class.