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Similarities Between Living Up The Street And The House On...
DIscrimination Toward Gary and Esperanza Many Chicana men and women were unprivileged,
being forced to live life facing challenges with no escape because of their race. They searched for a
never ending way out. In the books, Living Up The Street, By Gary Soto, and The House On Mango
Street, By Sandra Cisneros, both authors relate to their life as a Latina/Latino incorporating their
emotions and some past experiences from their childhood. Both books follow the characters
throughout their lives, but more so in Living up the Street, By Gary Soto. This shows through the
development of the characters throughout the chapters/vignettes. Cisneros, the author of The House
On Mango Street, and Soto, the author of Living up the street both show discrimination. They show
discrimination through their poor neighborhoods, the name calling between the characters, and the
jobs they were entitled to make, which led them to making a lower profit than the whites throughout
their lives. In The House On Mango Street, By Sandra Cisneros, The author talks about her outdated
and poor community in a Latino section of Chicago through Esperanza's character. She is forced to
constantly move from broken down apartments, to tiny rundown homes. Esperanza recently moved
into a poor and outdated, mostly Latino neighborhood in the city of Chicago, which is very similar
to the author's hometown. In vignette number one Esperanza says, "The house on Mango Street is
ours, and we don't have to pay rent to
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Gary Soto The Pie Analysis
The Self–Inflicted Wounds of Greed As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "There is sufficiency in the
world for every man's need, but not for every man's greed." Greed plays a huge part in A Summer
Life by Gary Soto, which describes his childhood growing up in the city of Fresno by many
vignettes. In the vignette "The Pie" Gary succumbs to his desire for apple pie and steals it, but faces
self–torment for doing such a deed. Throughout this vignette, Gary Soto uses biblical allusion, and a
unique point of view to show that everyone has greed and acquisitiveness inside them, but those
who control it become successful in life. Gary is a staunch follower of Christian principles, but his
greed for apple pie has made him go against what he believes. Gary's
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Themes In Oranges By Gary Soto
A sacrifice is when someone gives up something very important to them, whether it's a physical item
or a mental idea, for something greater than their wants or desires. Sacrificing something is never
easy. It is usually something very valuable, personal, or time– consuming. Both stories "Oranges" by
Gary Soto and "The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant" by W.D. Weatherall have a common theme
of sacrifice in them.
The story "Oranges" by Gary Soto is important to the sacrifice theme because of the author giving
up something he had on him, something special, for his date. The main character and his girl go out
on a small date to a store to buy a snack. While in the store his girl says she wants a chocolate bar
that costs more money than he had. When paying for the bar of chocolate " set them quietly on the
counter. When I looked up, the lady's eyes met mine"( Soto, 37) he gives away an orange, which
doesn't sound like much, but he would've used that as the girl's snack to ... Show more content on
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Weatherall is about the guy losing the girl in the end and the sacrifice was not worth what he did. In
this story, the author gained enough courage to ask out the girl and take her on a date to a concert
and get there by boat. While on the way over there, being a fisherman, he felt a big tug on his rod
which he hung off the back of the boat. At the end of the boat ride he didn't catch the fish and later
in the night the girl left with another guy. "Before the month was over, the spell she cast over me
was gone, but the memory of that lost bass haunted me all summer and still haunt me."(Weatherall,
6) After everything the author did that night, lost the girl and the fish. The author sacrificed the
biggest fish he had ever caught so the girl wouldn't think he was a bad guy to go out with because of
his fishing hobby, a waste of a
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Gary Soto Research Paper
Gary Soto: A Man of Inspiration By: Josie "Estrella" Freeman, Bloque Tres, el seis de octubre
"It appears these days I don't have much of a life because my nose is often stuck in a book. But I
discovered that reading builds a life inside the mind." – Gary Soto. This man has dedicated his life
to reading, writing, and promoting young readers. He is a renowned poet and author for both
children and adults. Soto is very successful at what he does, and he has won many awards to prove
that. But most of all, Gary Soto's biggest accomplishment is inspiring others. "Even though I write a
lot about life in the barrio, I am really writing about the feelings and experiences of most American
kids." Gary Soto was born on April 12, 1952 in Fresno, California. He grew up in a "barrio", a poor
Mexican–American neighborhood. He uses his experiences to write and provoke young readers'
interests. Although, Soto's actions while growing up may come as a shock. His father, Manuel Soto,
died in a factory accident while working for Sunmaid. His family was already ... Show more content
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These include Ernest Hemingway, Edward Field, Pablo Neruda, and Philip Levine. These specific
authors/poets sparked his interest because they all similar in one way: each of them wrote about the
common struggle. Soto loved this because he could relate and utilize his past experiences to his
advantage when writing. This is an example of what he expresses in Buried Onions: "The black
asphalt would shimmer with vapors. I had a theory about those vapors...not released by the sun but
by a huge onion buried under the city. This onion made us cry...I thought about this giant onion, that
remarkable bulb of sadness." Many are astonished by Gary Soto's remarkable memory. Some
believed it to be photographic. This is how he responds: "These are the pictures I take with me when
I write. They stir up the past, the memories are so
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Gary Soto The Pie Analysis
In "The Pie" by Gary Soto, the author gives us many hints here and there that the six year old little
boy, goes to a Catholic school and his taught that God is watching every move you do. Soto explores
the concepts of right to wrong in a six year old boy's perspective. the child's characteristics about
how mindful he is about God is clearly shown in almost every paragraph. Though he is only six,
from this we can predict that this boy has probably done lots of damage, and it was finally the time
when the guilt was getting to him. In addition, from this quote you can also tell that he is shifting to
real the world for answers, because in the beginning of the story Soto foreshadows the part about the
pie and the religious statements. In my opinion,
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Analysis Of Oranges By Gary Soto
Gary Soto's poem Oranges is narrated in the first person, from the point of view of an older
gentleman recounting what had happened on his very first date as a young child. The poem starts out
with the boy walking to go pick up the girl on a cold December day. In his pockets are two oranges
that weigh him down as he walks. As he approaches her house, always lit with a porch light, a dog
starts barking at him. The rouge wearing girl steps out from her house pulling on her gloves. They
walk until they reach the drugstore and continue to the candy aisle as they sort through the many
choices of sweets. Being a polite date, the boy asks the girl what kind of candy she wants, and she
selects a chocolate that costs ten cents but the boy only has a ... Show more content on
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Rather than embarrassing the boy, the cashier accepts the orange and nickel as payment for his dates
sweet. The boy and the girl then head off, the girl eating her chocolate and the boy his orange. In
Oranges, Gary Soto's writing is symbolic and provides such beautiful imagery. Soto refers to the
temperature and the weather conditions to create such vivid scenes. He contrasts the many cold and
wintry settings that appear throughout the poem with the sharp contrasts of all the warm and love–
stricken feelings the appear between the little boy and girl. This cold language comes as a surprise,
especially after seeing the title Oranges, which screams warm, sunny weather. Right from the start,
Soto uses the weather to set the scene with contrasts of warm thoughts and the cold, frigid
landscape. Soto writes, "Cold, and weighted down / With two oranges in my jacket. / December.
Frost cracking / Beneath my steps, my breath / Before me, then gone, / As I walked toward / Her
house, the one whose / Porch light burned yellow / Night and day, in any weather" (3–11). Reading
these beginning lines, very clearly provide that warm and cold contrast that Soto is trying to relay to
the reader. He provides the cold descriptions of the landscape that the boy travels through and then
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Gary Soto Research Paper
Gary Soto was born in April 12, 1952, and he was raised in Fresno, California. Gary is a Mexican–
American author and poet. His mother and father were Angie Soto and Manuel Soto. Gary writes
books for kids from K–12 and he even writes books for adults. He also writes books in various
genres such as fiction, poetry, humor, short stories, autobiography and more. Gary Soto is an author
that has works that can be enjoyed by kids, teens, and adults. When Gary Soto was a child, he
wanted to be a priest or a paleontologist. He never thought of becoming a writer until he picked up a
poetry book. Gary went to California State University to study geology. While he was at the college
library, he found a poetry collection, which inspired him to write poetry. He enrolled in a poetry
writing class in 1972 and finally decided to become a writer. Gary graduated his university with a
degree in English and went to pursue his career by getting a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Gary Soto started writing books for kids, teens, and adults ever since he received his masters. ...
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He writes these books because he wants to create and share his heritage. Sometimes, Gary makes up
his stories because as an author, he likes to tamper and rearrange things to create new stories and
possibilities. Some of Gary's literary works are autobiographies, but can also be generally fiction.
His books use details to describe the food he ate, describe to daily life, and includes Spanish words,
along with a list of English translation in the back of the book. Not only that Gary's books are for all
ages, but you can some Spanish along the
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Symbolism In Oranges By Gary Soto
Meaning of Symbols Symbols can represent meaning or what the poem is about. Symbols can be
small ideas or objects but contain a big meaning depending on what you want to represent with a
symbol. In the poem titled "Oranges" by Gary Soto the poet uses the chocolate candy bar as a
symbol to represent unhappiness.In another poem titled "Same Song" by Pat Mora the poet uses the
mirror as a symbol to represent sadness. The meaning of these symbols is similar because both
symbols represent something that they can not have. However, the difference of these symbols is
that in the poem "Oranges" the meaning of the chocolate becomes hope for Gary Soto because he
use the oranges to buy the chocolate for his girlfriend, and " Same Song" the mirror "always
represents" unhappiness because the children are uncomfortable with how they look.
The poem titled "Oranges" by Gary Soto is about a boy who is twelve years old. He was walking
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The symbol represents scary and nervous "feelings" because he does not have money to buy a
chocolate candy bar. The poem titled, "Same Song" by Pat Mora is about Pat Mora's son and her
daughter are unhappy because they do not like how they look. Her daughter has dark skin and she
puts makeup on, and her son was obsessed with exercising to look better. . One of the symbols the
poet uses is a mirror. The symbol represents how they look and a reflection of themselves but they
are unhappy about how they look. Evidence in the poem that suggests this meaning is found in
stanza #1. A quote says, " mirror, mirror on the wall then frowns at her face. When the children said
the quote and they make frowns we know that they are unhappy In "Oranges" by Gary Soto he uses
the symbol chocolate to represent
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Irony In The Jacket By Gary Soto
"No luck. I gave up. From my bed, I stared at the jacket. I wanted to cry because it was so ugly and
so big that I knew I'd have to wear it a long time." Gary Soto says this because he wants to show
how the little boy is ungrateful for what he got. This shows me that everyone needs to be grateful for
what he got. Gary soto also says "He jumped again and again, until a tooth sunk deep, ripping an L–
shaped tear on my left sleeve." this quote stood out to me a lot because i feel like this is showing his
ungratefulness because he wore is new quote outside when he knew he would get it dirty. This is
another quote that showed he was ungrateful.
In the story "The Jacket" Gary Soto uses a metaphor. The metaphor Gary Soto
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He says, "I blame that jacket for those bad years. I blame my mother for her bad taste and her cheap
ways" Its saying that he is mad at his mom for picking a jacket that he doesn't like because he is
getting made fun of. Also he doesn't like the way it looks. This changes his characters mood in the
story because he is ungrateful for what he got. Gary Soto also uses another good example of mood "
like bikers wear: black leather and silver studs with enough belts to hold down a small town." This
is saying that he wants to be cool and fit in and have name brand clothes like everyone in the school.
This shows that we should be grateful for what we get. In conclusion, the theme of this story is to be
grateful for what you get, and Gary Soto shows this theme by using mood, meathors, and smiles.
Gary Soto helps us understand the story by using these helpful devices to show that the boy was
ungrateful when he should have been. However, his struggle does not end because he does not learn
to be grateful. He says, "No luck. I gave up. From my bed, I stared at the jacket. I wanted to cry
because it was so ugly and so big that I knew I'd have to wear it a long
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Gary Soto
Final Essay: Gary Soto
Gary Soto, born on April 12th, 1952 is a proud Mexican–American that grew up in a very low class
neighborhood in Fresno, California with both of his parents (Gillespie,
Becker 100). Soto exclaimed that he was marginal kid; this means that he could have either ended
up in prison or easily graduate from college. He put forth more effort in other things than school,
such as girls or work. As a child and teen Mr. Soto was never interested in his schooling but he tried
his hardest to find work. He never realized how important school was until after he graduated from
high school with a below average grade point average at a 1.6. After he finished high school he
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In the short story Mr. Soto exclaims when he was younger he pushed a lawn mower, door to door
trying to find someone who would pay him to cut their grass. At the time he did not know that his
area was in the lower–class bracket, "It struck me like a ball. They were poor, but I didn't even
recognize them. I left the projects and tried houses with a little luck, and began to wonder if they too
housed the poor" (101). This is significant because later he speaks about how he was so oblivious to
how he grew up. Later in this childhood story he stated that he wanted to become a hobo since he
thought there was no jobs for him in the world since he did not want to work like his father. He
exclaimed that his dad would come home with blistery hands, sit down their living room chair and
stare at the television for the rest of the night. At the end of this story he starts talking about how he
became who he is now, and why he fell into his career. "It's been twenty years since I went door to
door. Now I am living this other life that seems a dream. How did I get here? What line on my palm
arched in a small fortune? I sit before students, before grade books, before other professors talking
about books they've yet to write, so surprised that I'm far from that man on the sidewalk" (101). This
quote from "To Be A Man," is a very smart and somewhat humorous line, because Mr. Soto realizes
that he could have easily been a hobo on that
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A Summer Life By Gary Soto
A Summer Life, by Gary Soto, is an autobiography depicting his childhood in Fresno, California. In
chapter 22, "The Guardian Angel", Gary begins to grow older and more aware of the world around
him, and his guardian angel begins to fade. After years of getting scraped and bruised and never
killed, the angel seemingly disappears in order to save an unluckier person. Furthermore, as his
childish views of the world begin to change, so does he. The guardian angel gave him many gifts,
such as a luckier childhood than his brother, a new knowledge of his life, and the strength to face
and acknowledge his many fears. And though Gary may believe that his luck is running thin, he has
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Primarily, the guardian angel has saved Gary from dying more than once. To illustrate, the author
states that Gary fell off a waterfall the third time that he was supposed to die. Gary specifically
remembers that he saw his life flash before his eyes, and looking back, states "I loved my life, and
loved playing and eating the same meal over and over and even the loneliness of a thirteen–year–old
in jeans bursting with love" (82). The joy revealed in looking back on his life demonstrates that
although Gary may not have had the richest years before he fell, he loved them and loved the way
they made him. As a result, Gary was given a new outlook on what his life is like. Similarly, Gary's
angel saved him from many dicey situations. For example, when Gary was in 5th grade, he and his
friends stole poisonous balls of mercury from their science teacher. After playing around with them
for a while, Gary proceeds to say "Finished, we closed one eye and flung the mercury at each
another..." (81). This close call displays Gary's need for his angel; without the "luck" provided by his
angel, he most certainly have been severely injured many times over. Accordingly, Gary learned that
there are many bad situations that his angel has saved him from. Lastly, the guardian angel also
saved him from social dangers. To emphasise, Gary reveals that "He saved me from Frankie T., the
schoolyard terrorist, and
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Gary Soto Seventh Grade
In "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto and "Charles" by Shirley Jackson I will identify and describe how
the setting was important to the plot. The setting in these two stories is very important for the plot
makes sense. If the two settings were not based in schools they would make no sense at all, the story
would have to be changed entirely. The setting was important in "Seventh Grade" because it was a
guy who had a huge crush at school and had taken a French class so he could get closer to her each
day. He one day embarrassed himself and made the girl he liked Teresa think he knew french and
wanted him to tutor her. The setting is import in this story because if it were not in a school it would
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Other than to maybe get herself out of trouble, but these things would not make sense to happening
somewhere else. See now these things happening in a grade school would make more sense, but the
alter ego, I've never heard of any student ever doing this myself and why to refrain from people
yelling at you for doing things that were wrong. See you see why the setting is important in this in
this story as it would make no sense whatsoever out in the everyday world. The text states "We had
a little trouble adjusting , the first week or so, she said primly, but now he's a fine little helper. With
occasional lapses, of course." this shows how they had trouble adjusting the first week, but now
she's a helper this is exactly what happened to Charles the first week of school. Another instance
when she notably has an alter ego is "We don't have any Charles in the kindergarten." This shows
Charles is someone that Laurie made up to get out of trouble. This is why the setting is good in this
story as well. It helps why Laurie the young girl who goes to the kindergarten does not want to get
in trouble from her parents because of her
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Gift Of The Magi By Gary Soto
Everybody experiences love in their lives whether it's when you're young or old, but most people
express love for others in a different way. In the poem "Oranges" By Gary Soto and the short story
"Gift of the magi" By O. Henry the feeling of love is expressed through the action of sacrifice.
In the poem "Oranges" By Gary Soto, he shows love through two little kids going on a little "date".
The boy takes this girl on a walk to the candy store and buys her chocolate that cost a dime, but he
only had a nickel so he gave up one of his oranges to pay for it. He then "took the dime from (his)
pocket, then the orange, and set it on the counter" hoping it would cover the cost (Gary Soto). This
shows love because the boy loved her and wanted her to
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Afterlife By Gary Soto
The novel, "Afterlife" by Gary Soto was mostly about how this guy named Chuy who was killed in
a Club, Club Estrella to be specific. He was killed in the men's bathroom for complimenting
someone else's shoes, which were yellow. He got stabbed 3 times, and was left there till dying. He
then became a ghost, a ghost who couldn't be heard, seen or touched. He could see everything that
was going on, but couldn't do anything about it. After the ambulance had taken him away, he was
already dead, or i mean the body was already dead. When his parents got the news Chuy went to
visit them to say one last goodbye, he also visited his school, and the girl he used to like for a long
time. He then found this girl named Crystal, who had killed herself taking
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Symbolism In Oranges By Gary Soto
In the poem, "Oranges," Gary Soto uses the symbolism of the oranges to emphasize the theme of
love that he has for this girl as well as the theme of sacrifice. It was his first time on a date and he
was already prepared as he was "weighted down with two oranges in [his] jacket," and later when
the girl wanted a chocolate bar, he didn't have enough money, so he sacrificed one of his oranges
and a nickel "and set them quietly on the counter." Based on the fact the he had two oranges in his
pocket, the reader can assume that he had planned to give her one so that they could enjoy them
together. Considering the importance that the oranges held in his mind though, he loved her enough
to sacrifice his plans in order to fulfill her desires and show
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Gary Soto : A Mexican American Author
Mac Foster
Mrs. Brown
Adv 11th Lit
15 December 2016
Gary Soto
Gary Soto, a Mexican–American author, was born in 1952 in Fresno, California. His parents were
both Mexican–American. Soto did not expect a lot from his life; he imagined he would "'marry
Mexican poor, work Mexican hours, and in the end die a Mexican death, broke and in despair'"
(Lee). Instead, he became a great writer of poems and short stories. James Sullivan describes Soto as
"one of the most important voices in Chicano literature" and Don Lee counts Soto as "one of the
best Chicano poets of his time" having published over twenty books. Soto, an established writer,
uses experiences from his life and his observations of his community to write stories about life in a
Mexican–American community with characters and conflicts that are relatable.
Gary Soto, the second of three children was born to Mexican–American parents who worked hard to
provide for their family. Boyle and Jason explain, "...his father and grandfather worked in blue–
collar jobs at Sun–Maid Raisin and his mother peeled potatoes at Reddi–Spud." Jobs such as peeling
potatoes did not pay well, and factory jobs were extremely dangerous, but these jobs were the best
ways, and often the only way, of earning the money they needed. Despite having steady work it was
still a struggle to earn enough to care for the whole family. The family's struggles increased after
Soto's father was "killed in an industrial accident" when Soto was five years old (Lee).
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Summary Of Oranges By Gary Soto
In the story "Oranges", by Gary Soto, imagery helps develop a theme by giving you the ability to
painting a picture in your head, which creates the theme of love. For example, "[I] asked what she
wanted– Light in her eyes, a smile Starting at the corners Of her mouth"(Soto,1), shows that he was
able to make her really happy just because he had asked her what she wanted from the candy aisle.
The Author is creating a picture for us by talking about his first love that he had had, using the
sensory details to describe it and show us how the mood of the memory helped create this past
moment. Another example being "I peeled my oranges that was so bright against the gray of
december that, from some distance, someone might have thought I was
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The Bullet By Gary Soto Summary
The Jacket "The Jacket"was made by Gary Soto
Anxiety,the condition of worrying and doubting yourself and everything that has happened.It is a
mental challenge thing were you worry about everything work,schools,other peoples thoughts of
you,worrying of the outcome of everything.It is a feeling that leads to a feeling that you are not good
enough. In the short story "The Jacket" by Gary Soto the main character comes
The symbolism in The Jacket supports the overarching theme:Anxiety towards one's appearances
can cause anguish.He does not think much of himself he describes himself as a weak little tree
thinking little of himself.It also conveys the idea of a little person in a big world were people ignore
this little sapling,that's what the tree feels like its representing,another idea could be he the little
sapling could be inferior to the other people as if their big trees shadowing him."I was a small kid,
thin as a young tree."Then he goes on to describe the jacket as ugly and always following him as if it
is always following him causing him misery."become the ugly brother who tagged along wherever I
went.".The symbolism is helping the theme of Anxiety of a person's appearance can cause anguish.
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Summary Of Oranges By Gary Soto
The poem Oranges by Gary Soto was a very good poem. It was kind of romantic and showed that a
boy would do anything for a girl he likes. I really enjoyed reading it because it was easy to
understand. It was easy for me to find the plot, figurative language, and theme. This poem was in the
point of view of Soto when he was twelve years old. The plot of this poem starts out with Soto
walking to a girls house with two oranges in his pocket. He finds her house and they walk to a
drugstore together. The girl picks out a chocolate bar that costs 10 cents, but Soto only has 5 cents
and the two oranges in his pocket. So he pays for the chocolate bar with his 5 cents and an orange.
After Soto and the girl leave the drugstore, Soto peels his last orange and says "Someone might have
thought I was making a fire in my hands." This quote symbolizes Sotos coming of power, and it is a
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The first example I found was, "I turned to the candies tiered like bleachers," which is a simile. This
is a simile because a simile is comparing two things using like or as. This is comparing the way the
candies were organized to bleachers using the word like. A second example of figurative language
that I found was, "Fog hanging like old coats between the trees." This is an example of a simile
because it compares the fog to old coats hanging, using the word like. When I think of the old coats
hanging in my closet hanging I think of how they are super big, packed together, and take up my
whole closet. A lot of the time when I see fog it does look like
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Like Mexicans By Gary Soto
In the story, "Like Mexicans" by author Gary Soto explains how he was always told him to marry a
girl from his same ethnicity, but unexpectedly fell in love and married a Japanese girl. Sotos
grandmother advised him to marry a girl that fitted the stereotype of a Mexican girl. He decided to
ask his mom about the issue. His mom agreed that if he were to find a righteous Mexican women to
marry her. Soto decides to ask Scott as well, who happened to be a second generation okie. An okie
was what his grandma would call any person that was from a different ethnicity than them. They
talk about their future how one day they hope to reach the American Dream. They share the same
vision of marrying someone. It was shocking to him, that he ended up marrying a Japanese woman
because he never imagined marrying someone that wasn 't Mexican. When he was twenty years old,
he fell in love with a girl that he knew his grandma would be concerned about. Soto told his mom
about the woman and how she was the one for him and the more he talked about her the more his
mom seemed to be worried. That's when he realized that his mother wanted him to marry someone
from his own social class. Everyone agreed that indeed he wasn 't good enough for his fiancee. One
day Carolyn took Soto to her home to meet her parents. Soto was nervous, until he sees her house
and how alike their houses looked. He acknowledges how alike their ethnicities were, mainly in the
economic sense. As Soto is in the roadway he
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Gary Soto Accomplishments
Conner Yoshimoto
Period 2
Gary Soto
Gary Soto was an amazing poet. He was quite famous and had many achievements throughout his
current life. His poems are easy to understand and literal. The poems are usually about events that
have happened to him. Soto is definitely a great poet whose style of writing is unique.
Gary Soto was born on April 12, 1952. He was raised in Fresno, California. Married to Carolyn Oda,
he's now 63 years old. Gary had a tough childhood. His father died when he was five years old. Soto
received very little motivation from his family. As a result of this, he did poorly in school. But,
during high school he found an interest in poetry. Soto received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal
for Film Excellence when he produced the film "The Pool Party". He also attended Fresno City
College, and California State University. There, he earned his B.A degree in English. At the
University of California, Irvine, Soto did graduate work in poetry. He was also the first Mexican–
American to earn an M.F.A. in 1976. Gary Soto had a hard childhood but made it up through his
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His poetry focuses on past or daily experiences throughout his life. One of his poems mentioned him
when he was twelve years old. Another mentioned his dream of moving away from home. His topics
seem random, in the sense that there is no clear connection between the poems. The only thing that
connects the poems is that Soto had experienced the topic of the poem. Another thing these poems
have in common is the fact that most of them are relatable. Overall, Gary Soto's poetry was
interesting with a neat style of
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The Jacket By Gary Soto Analysis
Author Gary Soto describes his experience with a day–old green guacamole jacket in "The Jacket."
In this autobiographical incident, his family is poor and his mom is forced to get him a ugly green
jacket. Although Gary had gotten a jacket, he is disgusted by its color. However, he is forced to wear
it because it is extremely cold. This is similar to how I am forced to wear a particular shirt and short
or pant called uniform at school. The material is constantly itching my skin. Gary Soto's jacket is
similar to how I am required to wear uniform, but it contains some distinct differences. Gary Soto's
family is poor and he is forced to wear that jacket as his only option. I go to Fairmont and because
of this, I am required to wear my
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Oranges By Gary Soto Essay
The poem Oranges by Gary Soto is about love, the weather, and light and dark. In the first to lines
Gary recalls his first date with his middle school sweetheart. Gary goes to her house and picks her
up and they go to the drugstore. Gary tells his girl that he'll pay for whatever she gets and she
decides to get a candy that cost ten cents. Gary is in a predicament now because he only has a nickel
and chocolate cost a dime but with his quick wit he thinks of a way to pay for it. When they get to
the cashier Gary hands them a nickel and an orange and he got the chocolate, after that his girl held
his hand for two blocks.
The Poem is set during the 1960's or 70's this is evident because of the chocolate, it was only 10
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Sadness seems like a stretch when you first read the poem, there isn't even a single word that brings
down the carefree, joyous tone but when you analyze the poem you'll find the sadness. It surrounds
Gary and his girl throughout the poem, winter or perhaps the world,in the foreground we see bright,
intense, young love that'll eventually burn out and when it does we are left with a cold, harsh, cruel
world. Growing up is apparent in this poem in the first few line we know this is an important
moment because it's his first time taking a girl on a date, it's him growing up, he takes one step to
manhood. Love runs the show in this poem it stands out and demands your attention,when Soto
takes the time to look at his girl and see how her face burns with crimson I don't think any friend
would notice that he seems to be paying plenty attention to her. I don't think Soto is trying to convey
a specific message he's just talking about his first date nothing more, nothing less. Maybe he's trying
to convey a message about love but he doesn't give much insight. Sotos purpose was to tell you a
lovey dovey story that'll pull at your heartstring and he was
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Symbolism In The Jacket By Gary Soto
First, the symbolism in "The Jacket" supports the overarching theme: people need to be grateful for
what they have because without it their life could be worse. In fact, the boy with the jacket is
disappointed with the jacket he got, he is ungrateful. If he did not have that jacket he may not have a
jacket atall. So, he needs to be grateful of what he has. Soto explains "my clothes have failed me."
The boy is ungrateful of the clothes his owns. Gary Soto does not say how the boys clothes have
failed him. For all the readers know the boy could just not like his clothes because, clothes can't do
something wrong they can't fail someone. The clothing item that "failed" the boy is a jacket. Soto
explains that "I stared at the jacket. I'd so wanted to cry because it was so ugly and big that I knew
i'd have to wear it a long time." This shows how ungrateful the boy is about his jacket. The boy
already knows he will have to wear this ugly jacket for a long time but, this could open up a time for
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In particular, the boy with the jacket is embarrassed. The tone in which he says things sets the mood
that he is ungrateful. Gary Soto says "Everybody saw me. Although they didn't say out loud, "Man,
that's ugly," I heard the buzz–buzz of gossip and even laughter that I knew was meant for me." The
boy is setting the mood of ungratefulness of what he owns. Soto does say weather the people are
actually laughing at the boy with the jacket or not. For all the readers know, the people could have
been laughing at someone else. But, this does not stop the boy from being embarrassed "so
embarrassed, so hurt, I couldn't even do my homework." The boy knows that this jacket is ugly wich
makes him embarrassed. The tone/mood of what Soto says sets the mood that the boy is unsatisfied
with what he
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Summary Of Pie By Gary Soto
Gary Soto revisits an old childhood memory where guilt plays a role in his conscience and
thoroughly describes his emotions and actions throughout his journey of sin. As Soto struggles with
his morals and temptation to steal, he warns his audience of temporary pleasures at the expense of
the conscience endlessly tortured by guilt through metaphors, biblical allusions, and motif. Although
people know right from wrong, boredom and temptation can result in a fall from grace. Soto is
aware of his actions, but unaware of the repercussions sin brings. Soto "stood before a rack of pies...
and the juice of guilt wetting my underarms", and steals the pie out of boredom, the metaphor
indicates he struggles with an internal battle between morality and temptation. He compares his
apprehensive spirit to the "juice of guilt wetting my underarms" and although he steals the
deliciously desired pie, Soto feels morally unjustified going against his holiness and enters the
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He states, "I knew an apple got Eve in deep trouble with snakes... what scared me more than falling
form grace was being thirsty for the rest of my life", where he connects the apple the snake gives
Eve and how boredom and temptation gave Soto the pie. The allusion exaggerates an insignificant
theft to a sin that changed mankind. The significance of the comparison displays how serious Soto
views his sin. Later, after he eats the pie he flings his Frisbee across the street and the shadow of "an
angel fleeing bad deeds" peers at him and he continuous to entertain himself with his Frisbee until
he feels the same boredom and thirsty state similar to Adam and Eve when God punished and casted
them into the
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The Jacket By Gary Soto Summary
In Gary Soto's short story "The Jacket" the main character, the boy with the ugly jacket, says this " I
spent my sixth–grade year in a tree in the alley, waiting for something good to happen to me in that
jacket, which had become the ugly brother who tagged along wherever I went." The boy blames his
jacket for all the struggles that happened to him, and he believes that the jacket brought him
imperfect luck. Soto uses this to support the theme because the boy is being distracted by the jacket,
which makes him not try to improve his life. Soto uses falling action, symbolism, and conflict to
support the overarching theme: focusing on problems can distract a person from more important
matters. First and foremost, the falling action in "The Jacket" supports the overarching theme,
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One event that displays this is when the boy in the jacket explains how he has been made fun of
before this situation. In "The Jacket" Soto says this " My clothes have failed me. I remember the
green coat that I wore in fifth and sixth grade when you either danced like a champ or pressed
yourself against a greasy wall." This reveals that the boy has struggled with this before and his
struggle and conflict continues to grow. In addition, Soto shows the beginning, main conflict when
the boy sees the jacket for the first time. Soto writes this " I threw my books on the bed and
approached the jacket slowly, as if it were a stranger whose hand I had to shake. I touched the vinyl
sleeve, the collar, and peeked at the mustard–colored lining." This starts the main conflict where the
boy is met with the jacket and immediately despises it. The moral is, that the conflict is based
around the boy hating the jacket, and the humiliating conflict he thinks are caused by
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Theme Of Oranges By Gary Soto
The short story "oranges" by Gary Soto focuses on feelings and thoughts of an adolescent boy who
is about to meet up with a girl.He is also having his first date causing him to be full of nerves and
apprehension but the two oranges he has in his pocket help offset the cold winter and his inner
fear.One of the themes present in the short poem is that "sacrifice is essential for love to
flourish".The main character decided that he would go out and pick his date up and head over to a
drug store and allow her to buy anything she wanted in order to fulfil his happiness.As they entered
the drug store they headed "Down a narrow aisle of goods.[and] turned to the candies"(Soto,1)as
they headed over to the counter to pay the bar costed too much he "didn't
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Gary Soto And The David Soto
Jack Bialczak
Daniel Orris
Ms. Albanese
English 1 Honors
11 March 2017
Gary Soto
Poet, author, and filmmaker Gary Soto did not always have an interest in literature. In fact, he wasn
't interested in learning about literature until his college years, when Soto took a look at a poetry
anthology while pushing off a research paper (Fabiano 279). According to author Charles Tatum,
Soto grew up in Fresno, California with his two parents and two siblings. He also lived a childhood
filled with sadness, loneliness, and poverty. (Tatum Vol. 1). Gary Soto got past his isolated and
upsetting childhood and became not only a successful poet and author, but would also become
known as one of the most multi–talented and elite writers of his time.
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Throughout elementary and high school, Soto was a below average student (Tatum Vol. 1). He didn
't really excel as a young adult, as his main goal was mainly to remain out of prison ("Small Town
with One Road" Page 207). Although Gary was not the best student, he went a different route than
most other kids in his area, who joined the army or settled for some low–paying job. (Tatum Vol. 1).
He instead attended California State University ("Small Town with One Road" 207). Soto never had
an interest in studying literature throughout all of high school, but one occasion, while in college
pushing off a research paper, Soto picked up a poetry anthology (Fabiano 279). One poem that really
spoke to him was a piece called, "Unwanted," by Edward Field, in which Soto realized that his
alienation was not strange, but was actually very common for a human to be in that condition
(Tatum Vol. 1). This random decision to take a look at an anthology of poetry would take a toll on
Soto's life in ways he would have never imagined, and completely changed him forever.
After discovering poetry, Soto fell in love with the art. Soto then took a poetry workshop at the
California State University at Fresno with Philip Levine, who showed him that he should use his
past experiences in his writing ("Small Town with One Road" 207). In 1988, Soto said that Levine
was a master at teaching how to read poetry(Tatum Vol 1). He graduated from CSU at Fresno, in
1974 (Tatum Vol. 1). Later, Soto earned an
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Gary Soto Pie Analysis
In the excerpt from A Summer Life, the autobiographical narrative by Gary Soto, he uses tactile and
olfactory imagery, dramatic diction, repetition, and religious allusions to recreate the experience of
his six–year–old self. In the first part of the story, Soto describes his experience feeling nervous
while stealing a pie as well as the temptation of the pie using imagery. Then, he reveals details about
how enticing and delicious the pie was when he finally got to eat it using dramatic diction. Finally,
at the end of the excerpt, Soto shares the extreme amount of paranoia and guilt he felt after both
stealing and eating the pie using repetition and religious allusions. Soto starts out the story by
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After eating the pie, Soto claims that "a car honked, and the driver knew" that Soto had stolen the
pie (65). He says of his neighbor that "she knew" (66). He even says that his mother who was
working "knew" that he had committed this horrible crime (68). Soto's repetition of all of the people
he believed to know about the stolen pie helps the reader understand his paranoia. Obviously it is
unlikely that these people actually know that he stole the pie, but in his mind it was a very real
possibility if not a certainty. Along with his paranoia, he feels guilty about what he did. He says that
after stealing and eating the pie, he "knew that sin was what you took and didn't give back" (85–86).
This biblical allusion references Soto's guilt because it shows that he believes he has gone against
his religion and sinned by stealing the pie, or taking it and not giving it back. The reader can
empathize with the guilt Soto felt after going against what he believes are very important moral
rules by imagining how they would feel after violating their own morals. Soto shares the guilt of his
younger self through this religious allusion along with using repetition to share his
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Gary Soto The Jacket Essay
Literacy Essay: "The Jacket" By Gary Soto By: Shium M. Turning into an adult can be scary.
Everyone goes through a stage when you're a teen, that make them miserable, but prepared! Well,
Gary Soto, from "The Jacket", goes through this phase with an ugly jacket and experiences a
disconsolate life at school. That jacket really affected him and here is how. All the torment and stress
of school started when he first wore it. His attitude from the beginning of the story to the end was
quite different, and he remembered it for years after it broke. First, the book "The Jacket" is a
personal narrative book about a boy who receives a cheap jacket from his mom. At school; he got
picked on more often, was gossiped about and didn't do well in school. Towards the end of the story,
he became a whole new person and stayed like that way after it broke. As stated in the claim, All the
torment and stress of school started when he first wore it. In paragraph 6–9 [of the book "The
Jacket" of course]. He is made fun of from his classmates, he was bullied by the bully "Frankie the
school terrorist (two)" more often. He started to be the center of gossip for ... Show more content on
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Gary would act very different if you noticed his attitude from the beginning and the end of the story.
In the beginning, Gary was a young and innocent child that would never let out his true anger on his
siblings. He would deal with his cheap mom as mentioned on page one. The minute he got the jacket
he even says in the text "I stared at that thing, like an enemy, thinking bad things. Towards the end,
he made the change into a teenager. He was confused and wanted to be alone. He talks back to his
sibling. Argue with his mom. Complained and called his jacket "an ugly green brother" referring to
the fact that a brother will always be there and hover over him much like the jacket and he could be
ugly just like the jacket. The jacket is shaping Gary's
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Analysis Of Oranges By Gary Soto
The poem, "Oranges" by Gary Soto focuses on the emotions and thoughts of a young boy meeting
up with a girl for the first time. The poem begins with the boy, walking in the cold, December
weather, carrying two oranges in his jacket. Then comes his initial contact with the girl at her house,
following the walk to the drugstore. In the drugstore, the boy offers the girl to get what she wants, in
which the picks a chocolate bar. However, the chocolate bar costs a dime, but the boy has only a
nickel. To prevent embarrassment, the boy keeps quiet to the girl and pays for the chocolate bar
using the nickel and the orange he brought. The cashier understood the situation, allowing the
purchase. The two kids walk out the drugstore, holding hands until they stop to unwrap the
chocolate and peel the orange. The poem ends with the author describing the contrast with the bright
orange against the gray, gloomy weather. The first experience creates nervousness and apprehension,
bringing out the innocent, young love. However, the two oranges, that are brought along with the
boy, help offset the winter cold and inner fear. The oranges that are brought contribute to the poem,
allowing the boy to satisfy his date. Using literary structures and figurative language, the message of
the story is conveyed to the readers. In Gary Soto's poem, "Oranges," the theme: for the people you
love, there are always sacrifices, is fortified by symbolic imagery, enjambment, and the passionate
tone. The passionate tone within the poem assists in bringing out the author's message. For example
in lines twenty–seven to thirty–eight:
And asked what she wanted
Light in her eyes, a smile
Starting at the corners
Of her mouth. I fingered
A nickel in my pocket
And when she lifted a chocolate
That cost a dime,
I didn't say anything.
I took the nickel from
My pocket, then an orange,
And set them quietly on The counter. (Soto, 1938)
With the author's attitude of giving and caring, the theme is emphasized. The boy understands what
the girl desires and by doing his best, the message of "sacrifice" is communicated in the text. The
poem reads from lines thirty–eight to forty–two, "When I looked up,/ The lady's eyes met mine,/
And held them, knowing/
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Summary Of The Jacket By Gary Soto
My Leotard In the essay "The Jacket" Gary Soto uses many literary devices to tell us about a time in
the past. He uses a jacket as a symbol to represent many more things than it usually would. In this
essay Gary Soto is in the stages of becoming an adult, and with that comes with many challenges.
The challenges that young Soto faced was to please his mother by wearing that ugly jacket, which
caused him many problems. Or he could go to school without the ugly green jacket so he would not
be seen as a loser. Throughout the story Soto could not make up his mind whether to wear the jacket
or not. Childhood experiences stay with us all of our lives, even the bad ones. Judgement and the
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I started at age 9 and went there until age fourteen or fifteen. It was a place where I would want to
spend my time there again. I fell in love with gymnastics all over again. This time I loved the sport
and didn't care what people thought of me. I wore whatever I wanted too and I was not made fun of
at the gym because these people were my "real" coaches and friends, which I trusted no matter what.
At this time my mom took me to run errands before or after practice when I was in my leotard.
When we were in stores there were all sorts of people looking at me. Some would whisper to a
person next to them when I walked by, others would stare and point, and some would even laugh
when I walked by. At this time growing up in my life I cared what people thought about me, I didn't
want to be the girl that everyone laughed at or stared at because I was wearing something different
and unusual. I also noticed that boys could wear their pads to a store and people would high–five
them or ask them how they did, but when you walk into a store with a leotard everything
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Summary Of Oranges By Gary Soto
Reflecting upon the distant memory of actions towards love, Gary Soto's poem, "Oranges," connotes
that love can overcome any obstacle or price, and bring light or hope to a person's life.
The speaker is established as male – neurotic, then confident, and cheerful. Free verse is exhibited
through this poem as well as x–lined stanzas. Enjambments also extend the speaker's phrases
creating a conversational tone and simple diction. The speaker expressions of sentimental and
nostalgic attitude supports the theme as he reconciles his love and hope at that moment in his life.
Early on, oranges are introduced into the poem as the speaker is "Cold, and weighted down / With
two oranges in [his] jacket," and used as a symbol of warmth in the cold of December(3–4).
Specifically, Soto uses auditory imagery as "Frost cracking / Beneath [his] steps," to further
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The cracking frost on the ground also adds negative connotation emphasizing the isolation and
anxiety of the speaker before he is accompanied by his significant other. The speaker mentions a
distinct detail of his lover's house: the "Porch light burned yellow / Night and day, in any weather" is
the first overt example of positive tone(10–11). The hyperbole exaggerates that the home has
overflowing happiness and love in any condition. In addition, Soto combines auditory and visual
imagery as the ringing of "the tiny bell" and the "narrow aisle of goods" refer to the soft–hearted
speaker's unintentional imagery of a wedding, justifying the predilection towards his
relationship(Alliteration). Alternatively, Personification of the "tiny bell / Bringing a saleslady /
Down a narrow aisle of goods," introduces the 'Symbolic Character'; representing the effects of love
towards a person and how society understands the rewards of love(21–24). Besides introducing the
character into the poem, the bells that bring the saleslady into the poem can also be interpreted as
the wedding bells
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"Oranges" by Gary Soto Essay
"Oranges"
By Gary Soto
Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, in Fresno, California to Mexican–American parents. His
grandparents emigrated from Mexico during the Great Depression and found jobs as farm laborers.
Soto grew up poor in the San Joaquin Valley and learned that hard work pays off through chores,
such as moving lawns, picking grapes, painting houses, and washing cars.
When Gary was five his father died as the result of a factory accident, and his mother was left to
raise her three children with the help of her parents. Soto describes his family as an "illiterate"
family. They did not have books and were not encouraged to read. In fact, Gary did not start writing
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Brightness shows how much power the orange actually has. The references in the story build up the
power of the orange.
Soto talks about sacrifice, and we all go through that. What we do to please other people. The boy
had to give up his orange because he didn't have enough money. He told his girlfriend that she can
chose any kind of candy found in the isle, and she chose a chocolate bar that cost a dime, now the
boy only had a nickel and a pair of oranges in his pocket. Instead of feeling embarrassed and cheep
in front of his new girl, the boy decided to put up the nickel and an orange on the counter for the
saleslady.
Oranges are rare in the winter and their encounter might be precious. They convey a powerful
feeling. Making fire in the hands represents that he is in love. That he feels God like, he feels tough
like he can do it all when he's around his girlfriend.
The tone of the poem is simple with broken down sentences. Adolescent love is simple much like
childhood love. There are the sweaty hands, heavy breathing, butterflies in the stomach, but when
kids fall in love, its not true love, it most likely is just a crush. The words that are used in the poem
are not complex but short and meaningful. When reading between the lines, and reading the poem
more than twice, it is much easier to put two and two together and have a better
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Gary Soto The Pie Analysis
Guilt Shaping Your Life "Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you. It's a
black wall. It's a thief " (Grohl). Guilt consumes you with every evil pondering present within the
atmosphere. Carrying it brings resentment and death of the spirit, tormenting and haunting you for
the rest of your days. It's like filling a sack full of heavy rocks and never giving yourself the
opportunity to rest. In Gary Soto's personal narrative "The Pie", he expresses his guilt as a 6–year–
old child. Gary Soto's body language sets the stage for symbolism on his aim on stealing pie from
the grocer's store. "...the juice of guilt wetting my underarms" (Soto 13). The juice of guilt
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Gary Soto's tone is filled with resentment for the evil deed he has accomplished. Realizing his
actions and seeking forgiveness, this shows how innocent and spirit–minded he tended to be as a 6–
year–old boy. It's essential for people to sort their evil doings and aim to make up for them. This will
make you feel better and not be loaded with torment and torture of disastrous ponderings. My
personal experience with guilt was the time when I cheated off a math quiz in elementary school.
Eyes glaring across the table of the smartest girl in class, I started scribbling answers on the test.
Catching her glance made me look away and not make it too noticeable. Realizing my deed and its
effects encouraged me to look away from her test and pour out my own knowledge and effort. This
relates to Gary Soto's experience of stealing the pie while I nearly cheated on a math test. In
contrast, my consciousness made me realize my evil ponderings and to control my nerves on not
knowing the material. Is there any way to get rid of guilt? Will the feeling haunt you for the rest of
your days? What will help cure the terrible feeling and weight? Guilt will only lead you to sin and
torture. Making a positive choice matters and influences your life. Give credit to yourself for past
deeds and aim to follow your conscious mind in the present and
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Analysis Of Oranges By Gary Soto
The poems " Oranges" by Gary Soto expresses a slow and light feeling, the story focuses on a boy
and a girl first time going out. The other poem " Maco Limping" by David Nava Monreal gives a
wide variety of tone. The story is based around this dog with some disabilities. Both poems have
similar tones conveyed by the authors' word choice. To begin with, the story " Moco Limping" by
David Nava Monreal has two different main tones displayed, frustrated and disappointed in the
beginning. The author has the owner of the dog really wanted the dog will be tough and wild but
ends up with a dog who is the opposite from that. According to the text, it says " I wanted him to be
the first dog howling in the pack the leader... But, instead , he's this rickety little canine. These two
quotes show that the author is disappointed a dog he has from it using the words 'rickety'. The word
makes the tone feel disappointed. This tone flows through the beginning and middle of this book.
Until the end, the author changes his tone into nostalgia feeling. The ending to " Moco Limping"
Ends with " I feel His warm fur, and his imperfection is forgotten." This gives the reader a nice calm
loving tone to end of with using the words like 'I feel his warm fur' he using the word warm gives
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The story carried out a sentimental theme throughout the book. For starters the text states " Light in
her eyes, a smile" The author portrays the theme with that stanza alone. The words the authors use
light and smile gives the reader the light–hearted feeling. To also go off of that that, the poem also
quotes, " I took my girl's hand in mine for two blocks." This quote also gives it the nostalgic to the
story as said in the last reason. As you can see the poem has the same tone throughout but why do
these poems have to do with each
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Piedra By Gary Soto Summary
The most important tone in "Piedra" by Gary Soto is blissfulness. Gary Soto's ear drums flushed
with a "roar of water" as he turns the corner to the river. He's playing "games" while being scolded
by fishermen to quiet down. As the essay comes to an end Soto is joyfully lying on grass, his body is
covered by the beams of the sun, his mind is completely shut off to the world his problems have no
meaning here, and he wishes he could lie under the "sunlight" forever. An important image in
"Piedra" is the "roar of water" which represents the tone of blissfulness. His family is doing their
Saturday outing to River of Rock to eat some lunch Soto loves this place. As they drive past
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They stopped playing under the rays and sat down to a barbeque lunch, which his parents had
prepared. After eating, Soto adventures off by himself betting his mother he could climb it quickly.
Everything below him is petite he loves being the king on the top of the mountain. He sat enjoying
being near the sun as if he were a lizard basking on a rock. He was in his happy place, filled with
warmth, and loving where he's at. Soto says, "Except for the wind it was quiet too, with just one
thought, and this thought was happiness. I was happy. All the badness in my life was momentarily
gone, flooded with sunlight, and I believed I could lie down in the grass forever. I will have my
chance" (128).The tone of blissfulness gleams threw out this quotation. Soto is sitting at the top of a
mountain taking in the view, sitting quietly thinking about how his problems have temporally
diapered however, he knows that he will soon have to face them again. The "sunlight" is romantic
imagine because, he can look at the sun but he can't hold on to the sun with his hands, therefore it
doesn't appeal to all five senses. Soto can feel his body wrapped in the heat of the sun. It puts him
into a daze and he thinks to himself about how perfect this moment is however, is aware of the fact
he is going to have to leave the beautiful wilderness for his same ol neighborhood. He wanted
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Pacific Crossing By Gary Soto
Emma Davis
Mrs. Brown
Advanced American Literature
15 December 2016
Gary Soto Gary Soto was born in Fresno, California in April of 1952. He is the son of Mexican–
American working–class people and he also earned his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in 1976 at The
University of California. In the novel, Pacific Crossing, Soto writes about two teenage best friends
who receive an invitation to Japan to participate in an exchange student program. The two friends,
Lincoln Mendoza and Tony Contreras, are from California and they both live in the same
neighborhood, called a barrio. Gary Soto also lived in a barrio when he was growing up in
California. Tony and Lincoln are also Mexican–American, like Soto. Gary Soto is one of three
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For example, when he was younger he used to live in a neighborhood well known as a barrio, which
is the Spanish word for a lower–class neighborhood. He writes about barrios in Pacific Crossing, "...
on his way to Japan with his lifelong friend, his blood, his carnal, his neighbor from the barrio, his
number–one man on the basketball floor at Franklin Junior High – Tony Contreras." (Soto 1). Soto
is connecting his past with his character's by writing about what their lives used to be like. He also
writes about their Mexican–American ancestries. He writes, "At a young age, he worked in the
fields of the San Joaquin Valley." ("Gary Soto"). When Gary Soto was younger, he and his parents
and grandparents worked in the fields to help make a living for him, his siblings, and the rest of his
family. He relates this to his novel by writing, "But field work – even in a one–acre patch of
eggplant, his least favorite vegetable, and three rows of tomato plants – was something new to
Lincoln. He felt proud as he staggered about in oversized boots, a hat shading his eyes from the
sun." (Soto 24–25). In this part of the novel, Lincoln is learning what life in Japan is actually like
and Gary Soto is connecting what his life was like when he was Lincoln's
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Gary Soto Essay
Throughout the autobiographical narrative written by Gary Soto, many different literary elements
are used to recreate the experience of his guilty six–year old self. Different elements such as
contrast, repetition, pacing, diction, and imagery. Soto narrates this story as a young boy at a time
when he seems to be young and foolish, Soto foolmaking mistakes, but at the same time hoping to
learn from them. Soto uses each of these devices to convey different occurrences in the narrative.
Contrast is used when Soto compares himself to Eve, a biblical character, when God punished her
for stealing an apple from a sacred garden. Also in the first line of the story Soto explains he "knew
enough about hell to stop me from stealing", but later in ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ...
They are obviously used to show that Soto is nervous and moving around quickly because there is a
lot of action going on at the time. However, in the some of the last paragraphs there are many more
complex sentences, which are used to show that Soto has returned to his state of boredom and also
to express that there is not much going on inside Soto's head..
As mentioned before diction was used along with other elements to help bring out the heart of the
matter in Soto's story. When Soto says he held the pie like a "discus" it makes one think that maybe
he was ready to throw it like a Frisbee because at the time he was so nervous. Also, when Soto first
steals the pie, he notices that the grocer's forehead "shone with a window of light." It seems because
Soto is so nervous, he begins to notice every little detail of what is going on in front of him. Another
example occurs when Soto is eating the pie and he declares that his teeth were "bathed with the
jam–like filling." This makes him look as if he is relishing every moment of eating the pie.
Finally, imagery is used throughout the story such as the "proximity of God howling beneath the
house" which seems to convey a dark image of God. Another example of imagery occurs when Soto
burps to "perfume the air." It gives one a sense that Soto is burping not just let out gas but to give
him a sense of relief and
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  • 1. Similarities Between Living Up The Street And The House On... DIscrimination Toward Gary and Esperanza Many Chicana men and women were unprivileged, being forced to live life facing challenges with no escape because of their race. They searched for a never ending way out. In the books, Living Up The Street, By Gary Soto, and The House On Mango Street, By Sandra Cisneros, both authors relate to their life as a Latina/Latino incorporating their emotions and some past experiences from their childhood. Both books follow the characters throughout their lives, but more so in Living up the Street, By Gary Soto. This shows through the development of the characters throughout the chapters/vignettes. Cisneros, the author of The House On Mango Street, and Soto, the author of Living up the street both show discrimination. They show discrimination through their poor neighborhoods, the name calling between the characters, and the jobs they were entitled to make, which led them to making a lower profit than the whites throughout their lives. In The House On Mango Street, By Sandra Cisneros, The author talks about her outdated and poor community in a Latino section of Chicago through Esperanza's character. She is forced to constantly move from broken down apartments, to tiny rundown homes. Esperanza recently moved into a poor and outdated, mostly Latino neighborhood in the city of Chicago, which is very similar to the author's hometown. In vignette number one Esperanza says, "The house on Mango Street is ours, and we don't have to pay rent to ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 2.
  • 3. Gary Soto The Pie Analysis The Self–Inflicted Wounds of Greed As Mahatma Gandhi once said, "There is sufficiency in the world for every man's need, but not for every man's greed." Greed plays a huge part in A Summer Life by Gary Soto, which describes his childhood growing up in the city of Fresno by many vignettes. In the vignette "The Pie" Gary succumbs to his desire for apple pie and steals it, but faces self–torment for doing such a deed. Throughout this vignette, Gary Soto uses biblical allusion, and a unique point of view to show that everyone has greed and acquisitiveness inside them, but those who control it become successful in life. Gary is a staunch follower of Christian principles, but his greed for apple pie has made him go against what he believes. Gary's ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 4.
  • 5. Themes In Oranges By Gary Soto A sacrifice is when someone gives up something very important to them, whether it's a physical item or a mental idea, for something greater than their wants or desires. Sacrificing something is never easy. It is usually something very valuable, personal, or time– consuming. Both stories "Oranges" by Gary Soto and "The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant" by W.D. Weatherall have a common theme of sacrifice in them. The story "Oranges" by Gary Soto is important to the sacrifice theme because of the author giving up something he had on him, something special, for his date. The main character and his girl go out on a small date to a store to buy a snack. While in the store his girl says she wants a chocolate bar that costs more money than he had. When paying for the bar of chocolate " set them quietly on the counter. When I looked up, the lady's eyes met mine"( Soto, 37) he gives away an orange, which doesn't sound like much, but he would've used that as the girl's snack to ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Weatherall is about the guy losing the girl in the end and the sacrifice was not worth what he did. In this story, the author gained enough courage to ask out the girl and take her on a date to a concert and get there by boat. While on the way over there, being a fisherman, he felt a big tug on his rod which he hung off the back of the boat. At the end of the boat ride he didn't catch the fish and later in the night the girl left with another guy. "Before the month was over, the spell she cast over me was gone, but the memory of that lost bass haunted me all summer and still haunt me."(Weatherall, 6) After everything the author did that night, lost the girl and the fish. The author sacrificed the biggest fish he had ever caught so the girl wouldn't think he was a bad guy to go out with because of his fishing hobby, a waste of a ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 6.
  • 7. Gary Soto Research Paper Gary Soto: A Man of Inspiration By: Josie "Estrella" Freeman, Bloque Tres, el seis de octubre "It appears these days I don't have much of a life because my nose is often stuck in a book. But I discovered that reading builds a life inside the mind." – Gary Soto. This man has dedicated his life to reading, writing, and promoting young readers. He is a renowned poet and author for both children and adults. Soto is very successful at what he does, and he has won many awards to prove that. But most of all, Gary Soto's biggest accomplishment is inspiring others. "Even though I write a lot about life in the barrio, I am really writing about the feelings and experiences of most American kids." Gary Soto was born on April 12, 1952 in Fresno, California. He grew up in a "barrio", a poor Mexican–American neighborhood. He uses his experiences to write and provoke young readers' interests. Although, Soto's actions while growing up may come as a shock. His father, Manuel Soto, died in a factory accident while working for Sunmaid. His family was already ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... These include Ernest Hemingway, Edward Field, Pablo Neruda, and Philip Levine. These specific authors/poets sparked his interest because they all similar in one way: each of them wrote about the common struggle. Soto loved this because he could relate and utilize his past experiences to his advantage when writing. This is an example of what he expresses in Buried Onions: "The black asphalt would shimmer with vapors. I had a theory about those vapors...not released by the sun but by a huge onion buried under the city. This onion made us cry...I thought about this giant onion, that remarkable bulb of sadness." Many are astonished by Gary Soto's remarkable memory. Some believed it to be photographic. This is how he responds: "These are the pictures I take with me when I write. They stir up the past, the memories are so ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 8.
  • 9. Gary Soto The Pie Analysis In "The Pie" by Gary Soto, the author gives us many hints here and there that the six year old little boy, goes to a Catholic school and his taught that God is watching every move you do. Soto explores the concepts of right to wrong in a six year old boy's perspective. the child's characteristics about how mindful he is about God is clearly shown in almost every paragraph. Though he is only six, from this we can predict that this boy has probably done lots of damage, and it was finally the time when the guilt was getting to him. In addition, from this quote you can also tell that he is shifting to real the world for answers, because in the beginning of the story Soto foreshadows the part about the pie and the religious statements. In my opinion, ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 10.
  • 11. Analysis Of Oranges By Gary Soto Gary Soto's poem Oranges is narrated in the first person, from the point of view of an older gentleman recounting what had happened on his very first date as a young child. The poem starts out with the boy walking to go pick up the girl on a cold December day. In his pockets are two oranges that weigh him down as he walks. As he approaches her house, always lit with a porch light, a dog starts barking at him. The rouge wearing girl steps out from her house pulling on her gloves. They walk until they reach the drugstore and continue to the candy aisle as they sort through the many choices of sweets. Being a polite date, the boy asks the girl what kind of candy she wants, and she selects a chocolate that costs ten cents but the boy only has a ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Rather than embarrassing the boy, the cashier accepts the orange and nickel as payment for his dates sweet. The boy and the girl then head off, the girl eating her chocolate and the boy his orange. In Oranges, Gary Soto's writing is symbolic and provides such beautiful imagery. Soto refers to the temperature and the weather conditions to create such vivid scenes. He contrasts the many cold and wintry settings that appear throughout the poem with the sharp contrasts of all the warm and love– stricken feelings the appear between the little boy and girl. This cold language comes as a surprise, especially after seeing the title Oranges, which screams warm, sunny weather. Right from the start, Soto uses the weather to set the scene with contrasts of warm thoughts and the cold, frigid landscape. Soto writes, "Cold, and weighted down / With two oranges in my jacket. / December. Frost cracking / Beneath my steps, my breath / Before me, then gone, / As I walked toward / Her house, the one whose / Porch light burned yellow / Night and day, in any weather" (3–11). Reading these beginning lines, very clearly provide that warm and cold contrast that Soto is trying to relay to the reader. He provides the cold descriptions of the landscape that the boy travels through and then ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
  • 12.
  • 13. Gary Soto Research Paper Gary Soto was born in April 12, 1952, and he was raised in Fresno, California. Gary is a Mexican– American author and poet. His mother and father were Angie Soto and Manuel Soto. Gary writes books for kids from K–12 and he even writes books for adults. He also writes books in various genres such as fiction, poetry, humor, short stories, autobiography and more. Gary Soto is an author that has works that can be enjoyed by kids, teens, and adults. When Gary Soto was a child, he wanted to be a priest or a paleontologist. He never thought of becoming a writer until he picked up a poetry book. Gary went to California State University to study geology. While he was at the college library, he found a poetry collection, which inspired him to write poetry. He enrolled in a poetry writing class in 1972 and finally decided to become a writer. Gary graduated his university with a degree in English and went to pursue his career by getting a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Gary Soto started writing books for kids, teens, and adults ever since he received his masters. ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... He writes these books because he wants to create and share his heritage. Sometimes, Gary makes up his stories because as an author, he likes to tamper and rearrange things to create new stories and possibilities. Some of Gary's literary works are autobiographies, but can also be generally fiction. His books use details to describe the food he ate, describe to daily life, and includes Spanish words, along with a list of English translation in the back of the book. Not only that Gary's books are for all ages, but you can some Spanish along the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 15. Symbolism In Oranges By Gary Soto Meaning of Symbols Symbols can represent meaning or what the poem is about. Symbols can be small ideas or objects but contain a big meaning depending on what you want to represent with a symbol. In the poem titled "Oranges" by Gary Soto the poet uses the chocolate candy bar as a symbol to represent unhappiness.In another poem titled "Same Song" by Pat Mora the poet uses the mirror as a symbol to represent sadness. The meaning of these symbols is similar because both symbols represent something that they can not have. However, the difference of these symbols is that in the poem "Oranges" the meaning of the chocolate becomes hope for Gary Soto because he use the oranges to buy the chocolate for his girlfriend, and " Same Song" the mirror "always represents" unhappiness because the children are uncomfortable with how they look. The poem titled "Oranges" by Gary Soto is about a boy who is twelve years old. He was walking with ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The symbol represents scary and nervous "feelings" because he does not have money to buy a chocolate candy bar. The poem titled, "Same Song" by Pat Mora is about Pat Mora's son and her daughter are unhappy because they do not like how they look. Her daughter has dark skin and she puts makeup on, and her son was obsessed with exercising to look better. . One of the symbols the poet uses is a mirror. The symbol represents how they look and a reflection of themselves but they are unhappy about how they look. Evidence in the poem that suggests this meaning is found in stanza #1. A quote says, " mirror, mirror on the wall then frowns at her face. When the children said the quote and they make frowns we know that they are unhappy In "Oranges" by Gary Soto he uses the symbol chocolate to represent ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 17. Irony In The Jacket By Gary Soto "No luck. I gave up. From my bed, I stared at the jacket. I wanted to cry because it was so ugly and so big that I knew I'd have to wear it a long time." Gary Soto says this because he wants to show how the little boy is ungrateful for what he got. This shows me that everyone needs to be grateful for what he got. Gary soto also says "He jumped again and again, until a tooth sunk deep, ripping an L– shaped tear on my left sleeve." this quote stood out to me a lot because i feel like this is showing his ungratefulness because he wore is new quote outside when he knew he would get it dirty. This is another quote that showed he was ungrateful. In the story "The Jacket" Gary Soto uses a metaphor. The metaphor Gary Soto Uses in his story is "the ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... He says, "I blame that jacket for those bad years. I blame my mother for her bad taste and her cheap ways" Its saying that he is mad at his mom for picking a jacket that he doesn't like because he is getting made fun of. Also he doesn't like the way it looks. This changes his characters mood in the story because he is ungrateful for what he got. Gary Soto also uses another good example of mood " like bikers wear: black leather and silver studs with enough belts to hold down a small town." This is saying that he wants to be cool and fit in and have name brand clothes like everyone in the school. This shows that we should be grateful for what we get. In conclusion, the theme of this story is to be grateful for what you get, and Gary Soto shows this theme by using mood, meathors, and smiles. Gary Soto helps us understand the story by using these helpful devices to show that the boy was ungrateful when he should have been. However, his struggle does not end because he does not learn to be grateful. He says, "No luck. I gave up. From my bed, I stared at the jacket. I wanted to cry because it was so ugly and so big that I knew I'd have to wear it a long ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 19. Gary Soto Final Essay: Gary Soto Gary Soto, born on April 12th, 1952 is a proud Mexican–American that grew up in a very low class neighborhood in Fresno, California with both of his parents (Gillespie, Becker 100). Soto exclaimed that he was marginal kid; this means that he could have either ended up in prison or easily graduate from college. He put forth more effort in other things than school, such as girls or work. As a child and teen Mr. Soto was never interested in his schooling but he tried his hardest to find work. He never realized how important school was until after he graduated from high school with a below average grade point average at a 1.6. After he finished high school he attended a community college and got inspired to ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... In the short story Mr. Soto exclaims when he was younger he pushed a lawn mower, door to door trying to find someone who would pay him to cut their grass. At the time he did not know that his area was in the lower–class bracket, "It struck me like a ball. They were poor, but I didn't even recognize them. I left the projects and tried houses with a little luck, and began to wonder if they too housed the poor" (101). This is significant because later he speaks about how he was so oblivious to how he grew up. Later in this childhood story he stated that he wanted to become a hobo since he thought there was no jobs for him in the world since he did not want to work like his father. He exclaimed that his dad would come home with blistery hands, sit down their living room chair and stare at the television for the rest of the night. At the end of this story he starts talking about how he became who he is now, and why he fell into his career. "It's been twenty years since I went door to door. Now I am living this other life that seems a dream. How did I get here? What line on my palm arched in a small fortune? I sit before students, before grade books, before other professors talking about books they've yet to write, so surprised that I'm far from that man on the sidewalk" (101). This quote from "To Be A Man," is a very smart and somewhat humorous line, because Mr. Soto realizes that he could have easily been a hobo on that ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 21. A Summer Life By Gary Soto A Summer Life, by Gary Soto, is an autobiography depicting his childhood in Fresno, California. In chapter 22, "The Guardian Angel", Gary begins to grow older and more aware of the world around him, and his guardian angel begins to fade. After years of getting scraped and bruised and never killed, the angel seemingly disappears in order to save an unluckier person. Furthermore, as his childish views of the world begin to change, so does he. The guardian angel gave him many gifts, such as a luckier childhood than his brother, a new knowledge of his life, and the strength to face and acknowledge his many fears. And though Gary may believe that his luck is running thin, he has been blessed with these gifts. While Gary's guardian angel was alert ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Primarily, the guardian angel has saved Gary from dying more than once. To illustrate, the author states that Gary fell off a waterfall the third time that he was supposed to die. Gary specifically remembers that he saw his life flash before his eyes, and looking back, states "I loved my life, and loved playing and eating the same meal over and over and even the loneliness of a thirteen–year–old in jeans bursting with love" (82). The joy revealed in looking back on his life demonstrates that although Gary may not have had the richest years before he fell, he loved them and loved the way they made him. As a result, Gary was given a new outlook on what his life is like. Similarly, Gary's angel saved him from many dicey situations. For example, when Gary was in 5th grade, he and his friends stole poisonous balls of mercury from their science teacher. After playing around with them for a while, Gary proceeds to say "Finished, we closed one eye and flung the mercury at each another..." (81). This close call displays Gary's need for his angel; without the "luck" provided by his angel, he most certainly have been severely injured many times over. Accordingly, Gary learned that there are many bad situations that his angel has saved him from. Lastly, the guardian angel also saved him from social dangers. To emphasise, Gary reveals that "He saved me from Frankie T., the schoolyard terrorist, and ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 23. Gary Soto Seventh Grade In "Seventh Grade" by Gary Soto and "Charles" by Shirley Jackson I will identify and describe how the setting was important to the plot. The setting in these two stories is very important for the plot makes sense. If the two settings were not based in schools they would make no sense at all, the story would have to be changed entirely. The setting was important in "Seventh Grade" because it was a guy who had a huge crush at school and had taken a French class so he could get closer to her each day. He one day embarrassed himself and made the girl he liked Teresa think he knew french and wanted him to tutor her. The setting is import in this story because if it were not in a school it would be kinda weird why this young man was following a ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Other than to maybe get herself out of trouble, but these things would not make sense to happening somewhere else. See now these things happening in a grade school would make more sense, but the alter ego, I've never heard of any student ever doing this myself and why to refrain from people yelling at you for doing things that were wrong. See you see why the setting is important in this in this story as it would make no sense whatsoever out in the everyday world. The text states "We had a little trouble adjusting , the first week or so, she said primly, but now he's a fine little helper. With occasional lapses, of course." this shows how they had trouble adjusting the first week, but now she's a helper this is exactly what happened to Charles the first week of school. Another instance when she notably has an alter ego is "We don't have any Charles in the kindergarten." This shows Charles is someone that Laurie made up to get out of trouble. This is why the setting is good in this story as well. It helps why Laurie the young girl who goes to the kindergarten does not want to get in trouble from her parents because of her ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 25. Gift Of The Magi By Gary Soto Everybody experiences love in their lives whether it's when you're young or old, but most people express love for others in a different way. In the poem "Oranges" By Gary Soto and the short story "Gift of the magi" By O. Henry the feeling of love is expressed through the action of sacrifice. In the poem "Oranges" By Gary Soto, he shows love through two little kids going on a little "date". The boy takes this girl on a walk to the candy store and buys her chocolate that cost a dime, but he only had a nickel so he gave up one of his oranges to pay for it. He then "took the dime from (his) pocket, then the orange, and set it on the counter" hoping it would cover the cost (Gary Soto). This shows love because the boy loved her and wanted her to ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 27. Afterlife By Gary Soto The novel, "Afterlife" by Gary Soto was mostly about how this guy named Chuy who was killed in a Club, Club Estrella to be specific. He was killed in the men's bathroom for complimenting someone else's shoes, which were yellow. He got stabbed 3 times, and was left there till dying. He then became a ghost, a ghost who couldn't be heard, seen or touched. He could see everything that was going on, but couldn't do anything about it. After the ambulance had taken him away, he was already dead, or i mean the body was already dead. When his parents got the news Chuy went to visit them to say one last goodbye, he also visited his school, and the girl he used to like for a long time. He then found this girl named Crystal, who had killed herself taking ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 29. Symbolism In Oranges By Gary Soto In the poem, "Oranges," Gary Soto uses the symbolism of the oranges to emphasize the theme of love that he has for this girl as well as the theme of sacrifice. It was his first time on a date and he was already prepared as he was "weighted down with two oranges in [his] jacket," and later when the girl wanted a chocolate bar, he didn't have enough money, so he sacrificed one of his oranges and a nickel "and set them quietly on the counter." Based on the fact the he had two oranges in his pocket, the reader can assume that he had planned to give her one so that they could enjoy them together. Considering the importance that the oranges held in his mind though, he loved her enough to sacrifice his plans in order to fulfill her desires and show ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 31. Gary Soto : A Mexican American Author Mac Foster Mrs. Brown Adv 11th Lit 15 December 2016 Gary Soto Gary Soto, a Mexican–American author, was born in 1952 in Fresno, California. His parents were both Mexican–American. Soto did not expect a lot from his life; he imagined he would "'marry Mexican poor, work Mexican hours, and in the end die a Mexican death, broke and in despair'" (Lee). Instead, he became a great writer of poems and short stories. James Sullivan describes Soto as "one of the most important voices in Chicano literature" and Don Lee counts Soto as "one of the best Chicano poets of his time" having published over twenty books. Soto, an established writer, uses experiences from his life and his observations of his community to write stories about life in a Mexican–American community with characters and conflicts that are relatable. Gary Soto, the second of three children was born to Mexican–American parents who worked hard to provide for their family. Boyle and Jason explain, "...his father and grandfather worked in blue– collar jobs at Sun–Maid Raisin and his mother peeled potatoes at Reddi–Spud." Jobs such as peeling potatoes did not pay well, and factory jobs were extremely dangerous, but these jobs were the best ways, and often the only way, of earning the money they needed. Despite having steady work it was still a struggle to earn enough to care for the whole family. The family's struggles increased after Soto's father was "killed in an industrial accident" when Soto was five years old (Lee). ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 33. Summary Of Oranges By Gary Soto In the story "Oranges", by Gary Soto, imagery helps develop a theme by giving you the ability to painting a picture in your head, which creates the theme of love. For example, "[I] asked what she wanted– Light in her eyes, a smile Starting at the corners Of her mouth"(Soto,1), shows that he was able to make her really happy just because he had asked her what she wanted from the candy aisle. The Author is creating a picture for us by talking about his first love that he had had, using the sensory details to describe it and show us how the mood of the memory helped create this past moment. Another example being "I peeled my oranges that was so bright against the gray of december that, from some distance, someone might have thought I was ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 35. The Bullet By Gary Soto Summary The Jacket "The Jacket"was made by Gary Soto Anxiety,the condition of worrying and doubting yourself and everything that has happened.It is a mental challenge thing were you worry about everything work,schools,other peoples thoughts of you,worrying of the outcome of everything.It is a feeling that leads to a feeling that you are not good enough. In the short story "The Jacket" by Gary Soto the main character comes The symbolism in The Jacket supports the overarching theme:Anxiety towards one's appearances can cause anguish.He does not think much of himself he describes himself as a weak little tree thinking little of himself.It also conveys the idea of a little person in a big world were people ignore this little sapling,that's what the tree feels like its representing,another idea could be he the little sapling could be inferior to the other people as if their big trees shadowing him."I was a small kid, thin as a young tree."Then he goes on to describe the jacket as ugly and always following him as if it is always following him causing him misery."become the ugly brother who tagged along wherever I went.".The symbolism is helping the theme of Anxiety of a person's appearance can cause anguish. ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 37. Summary Of Oranges By Gary Soto The poem Oranges by Gary Soto was a very good poem. It was kind of romantic and showed that a boy would do anything for a girl he likes. I really enjoyed reading it because it was easy to understand. It was easy for me to find the plot, figurative language, and theme. This poem was in the point of view of Soto when he was twelve years old. The plot of this poem starts out with Soto walking to a girls house with two oranges in his pocket. He finds her house and they walk to a drugstore together. The girl picks out a chocolate bar that costs 10 cents, but Soto only has 5 cents and the two oranges in his pocket. So he pays for the chocolate bar with his 5 cents and an orange. After Soto and the girl leave the drugstore, Soto peels his last orange and says "Someone might have thought I was making a fire in my hands." This quote symbolizes Sotos coming of power, and it is a very important part, which is why I included it. ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The first example I found was, "I turned to the candies tiered like bleachers," which is a simile. This is a simile because a simile is comparing two things using like or as. This is comparing the way the candies were organized to bleachers using the word like. A second example of figurative language that I found was, "Fog hanging like old coats between the trees." This is an example of a simile because it compares the fog to old coats hanging, using the word like. When I think of the old coats hanging in my closet hanging I think of how they are super big, packed together, and take up my whole closet. A lot of the time when I see fog it does look like ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 39. Like Mexicans By Gary Soto In the story, "Like Mexicans" by author Gary Soto explains how he was always told him to marry a girl from his same ethnicity, but unexpectedly fell in love and married a Japanese girl. Sotos grandmother advised him to marry a girl that fitted the stereotype of a Mexican girl. He decided to ask his mom about the issue. His mom agreed that if he were to find a righteous Mexican women to marry her. Soto decides to ask Scott as well, who happened to be a second generation okie. An okie was what his grandma would call any person that was from a different ethnicity than them. They talk about their future how one day they hope to reach the American Dream. They share the same vision of marrying someone. It was shocking to him, that he ended up marrying a Japanese woman because he never imagined marrying someone that wasn 't Mexican. When he was twenty years old, he fell in love with a girl that he knew his grandma would be concerned about. Soto told his mom about the woman and how she was the one for him and the more he talked about her the more his mom seemed to be worried. That's when he realized that his mother wanted him to marry someone from his own social class. Everyone agreed that indeed he wasn 't good enough for his fiancee. One day Carolyn took Soto to her home to meet her parents. Soto was nervous, until he sees her house and how alike their houses looked. He acknowledges how alike their ethnicities were, mainly in the economic sense. As Soto is in the roadway he ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 41. Gary Soto Accomplishments Conner Yoshimoto Period 2 Gary Soto Gary Soto was an amazing poet. He was quite famous and had many achievements throughout his current life. His poems are easy to understand and literal. The poems are usually about events that have happened to him. Soto is definitely a great poet whose style of writing is unique. Gary Soto was born on April 12, 1952. He was raised in Fresno, California. Married to Carolyn Oda, he's now 63 years old. Gary had a tough childhood. His father died when he was five years old. Soto received very little motivation from his family. As a result of this, he did poorly in school. But, during high school he found an interest in poetry. Soto received the 1993 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Film Excellence when he produced the film "The Pool Party". He also attended Fresno City College, and California State University. There, he earned his B.A degree in English. At the University of California, Irvine, Soto did graduate work in poetry. He was also the first Mexican– American to earn an M.F.A. in 1976. Gary Soto had a hard childhood but made it up through his achievements in writing and school. ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... His poetry focuses on past or daily experiences throughout his life. One of his poems mentioned him when he was twelve years old. Another mentioned his dream of moving away from home. His topics seem random, in the sense that there is no clear connection between the poems. The only thing that connects the poems is that Soto had experienced the topic of the poem. Another thing these poems have in common is the fact that most of them are relatable. Overall, Gary Soto's poetry was interesting with a neat style of ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 43. The Jacket By Gary Soto Analysis Author Gary Soto describes his experience with a day–old green guacamole jacket in "The Jacket." In this autobiographical incident, his family is poor and his mom is forced to get him a ugly green jacket. Although Gary had gotten a jacket, he is disgusted by its color. However, he is forced to wear it because it is extremely cold. This is similar to how I am forced to wear a particular shirt and short or pant called uniform at school. The material is constantly itching my skin. Gary Soto's jacket is similar to how I am required to wear uniform, but it contains some distinct differences. Gary Soto's family is poor and he is forced to wear that jacket as his only option. I go to Fairmont and because of this, I am required to wear my ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 45. Oranges By Gary Soto Essay The poem Oranges by Gary Soto is about love, the weather, and light and dark. In the first to lines Gary recalls his first date with his middle school sweetheart. Gary goes to her house and picks her up and they go to the drugstore. Gary tells his girl that he'll pay for whatever she gets and she decides to get a candy that cost ten cents. Gary is in a predicament now because he only has a nickel and chocolate cost a dime but with his quick wit he thinks of a way to pay for it. When they get to the cashier Gary hands them a nickel and an orange and he got the chocolate, after that his girl held his hand for two blocks. The Poem is set during the 1960's or 70's this is evident because of the chocolate, it was only 10 cents chocolate $2.10 currently. It's safe ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Sadness seems like a stretch when you first read the poem, there isn't even a single word that brings down the carefree, joyous tone but when you analyze the poem you'll find the sadness. It surrounds Gary and his girl throughout the poem, winter or perhaps the world,in the foreground we see bright, intense, young love that'll eventually burn out and when it does we are left with a cold, harsh, cruel world. Growing up is apparent in this poem in the first few line we know this is an important moment because it's his first time taking a girl on a date, it's him growing up, he takes one step to manhood. Love runs the show in this poem it stands out and demands your attention,when Soto takes the time to look at his girl and see how her face burns with crimson I don't think any friend would notice that he seems to be paying plenty attention to her. I don't think Soto is trying to convey a specific message he's just talking about his first date nothing more, nothing less. Maybe he's trying to convey a message about love but he doesn't give much insight. Sotos purpose was to tell you a lovey dovey story that'll pull at your heartstring and he was ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 47. Symbolism In The Jacket By Gary Soto First, the symbolism in "The Jacket" supports the overarching theme: people need to be grateful for what they have because without it their life could be worse. In fact, the boy with the jacket is disappointed with the jacket he got, he is ungrateful. If he did not have that jacket he may not have a jacket atall. So, he needs to be grateful of what he has. Soto explains "my clothes have failed me." The boy is ungrateful of the clothes his owns. Gary Soto does not say how the boys clothes have failed him. For all the readers know the boy could just not like his clothes because, clothes can't do something wrong they can't fail someone. The clothing item that "failed" the boy is a jacket. Soto explains that "I stared at the jacket. I'd so wanted to cry because it was so ugly and big that I knew i'd have to wear it a long time." This shows how ungrateful the boy is about his jacket. The boy already knows he will have to wear this ugly jacket for a long time but, this could open up a time for the boy to be grateful for what ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... In particular, the boy with the jacket is embarrassed. The tone in which he says things sets the mood that he is ungrateful. Gary Soto says "Everybody saw me. Although they didn't say out loud, "Man, that's ugly," I heard the buzz–buzz of gossip and even laughter that I knew was meant for me." The boy is setting the mood of ungratefulness of what he owns. Soto does say weather the people are actually laughing at the boy with the jacket or not. For all the readers know, the people could have been laughing at someone else. But, this does not stop the boy from being embarrassed "so embarrassed, so hurt, I couldn't even do my homework." The boy knows that this jacket is ugly wich makes him embarrassed. The tone/mood of what Soto says sets the mood that the boy is unsatisfied with what he ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 49. Summary Of Pie By Gary Soto Gary Soto revisits an old childhood memory where guilt plays a role in his conscience and thoroughly describes his emotions and actions throughout his journey of sin. As Soto struggles with his morals and temptation to steal, he warns his audience of temporary pleasures at the expense of the conscience endlessly tortured by guilt through metaphors, biblical allusions, and motif. Although people know right from wrong, boredom and temptation can result in a fall from grace. Soto is aware of his actions, but unaware of the repercussions sin brings. Soto "stood before a rack of pies... and the juice of guilt wetting my underarms", and steals the pie out of boredom, the metaphor indicates he struggles with an internal battle between morality and temptation. He compares his apprehensive spirit to the "juice of guilt wetting my underarms" and although he steals the deliciously desired pie, Soto feels morally unjustified going against his holiness and enters the aftermath of sin. ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... He states, "I knew an apple got Eve in deep trouble with snakes... what scared me more than falling form grace was being thirsty for the rest of my life", where he connects the apple the snake gives Eve and how boredom and temptation gave Soto the pie. The allusion exaggerates an insignificant theft to a sin that changed mankind. The significance of the comparison displays how serious Soto views his sin. Later, after he eats the pie he flings his Frisbee across the street and the shadow of "an angel fleeing bad deeds" peers at him and he continuous to entertain himself with his Frisbee until he feels the same boredom and thirsty state similar to Adam and Eve when God punished and casted them into the ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 51. The Jacket By Gary Soto Summary In Gary Soto's short story "The Jacket" the main character, the boy with the ugly jacket, says this " I spent my sixth–grade year in a tree in the alley, waiting for something good to happen to me in that jacket, which had become the ugly brother who tagged along wherever I went." The boy blames his jacket for all the struggles that happened to him, and he believes that the jacket brought him imperfect luck. Soto uses this to support the theme because the boy is being distracted by the jacket, which makes him not try to improve his life. Soto uses falling action, symbolism, and conflict to support the overarching theme: focusing on problems can distract a person from more important matters. First and foremost, the falling action in "The Jacket" supports the overarching theme, focusing on the small things like appearances can distract humanity ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... One event that displays this is when the boy in the jacket explains how he has been made fun of before this situation. In "The Jacket" Soto says this " My clothes have failed me. I remember the green coat that I wore in fifth and sixth grade when you either danced like a champ or pressed yourself against a greasy wall." This reveals that the boy has struggled with this before and his struggle and conflict continues to grow. In addition, Soto shows the beginning, main conflict when the boy sees the jacket for the first time. Soto writes this " I threw my books on the bed and approached the jacket slowly, as if it were a stranger whose hand I had to shake. I touched the vinyl sleeve, the collar, and peeked at the mustard–colored lining." This starts the main conflict where the boy is met with the jacket and immediately despises it. The moral is, that the conflict is based around the boy hating the jacket, and the humiliating conflict he thinks are caused by ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 53. Theme Of Oranges By Gary Soto The short story "oranges" by Gary Soto focuses on feelings and thoughts of an adolescent boy who is about to meet up with a girl.He is also having his first date causing him to be full of nerves and apprehension but the two oranges he has in his pocket help offset the cold winter and his inner fear.One of the themes present in the short poem is that "sacrifice is essential for love to flourish".The main character decided that he would go out and pick his date up and head over to a drug store and allow her to buy anything she wanted in order to fulfil his happiness.As they entered the drug store they headed "Down a narrow aisle of goods.[and] turned to the candies"(Soto,1)as they headed over to the counter to pay the bar costed too much he "didn't ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 55. Gary Soto And The David Soto Jack Bialczak Daniel Orris Ms. Albanese English 1 Honors 11 March 2017 Gary Soto Poet, author, and filmmaker Gary Soto did not always have an interest in literature. In fact, he wasn 't interested in learning about literature until his college years, when Soto took a look at a poetry anthology while pushing off a research paper (Fabiano 279). According to author Charles Tatum, Soto grew up in Fresno, California with his two parents and two siblings. He also lived a childhood filled with sadness, loneliness, and poverty. (Tatum Vol. 1). Gary Soto got past his isolated and upsetting childhood and became not only a successful poet and author, but would also become known as one of the most multi–talented and elite writers of his time. On ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Throughout elementary and high school, Soto was a below average student (Tatum Vol. 1). He didn 't really excel as a young adult, as his main goal was mainly to remain out of prison ("Small Town with One Road" Page 207). Although Gary was not the best student, he went a different route than most other kids in his area, who joined the army or settled for some low–paying job. (Tatum Vol. 1). He instead attended California State University ("Small Town with One Road" 207). Soto never had an interest in studying literature throughout all of high school, but one occasion, while in college pushing off a research paper, Soto picked up a poetry anthology (Fabiano 279). One poem that really spoke to him was a piece called, "Unwanted," by Edward Field, in which Soto realized that his alienation was not strange, but was actually very common for a human to be in that condition (Tatum Vol. 1). This random decision to take a look at an anthology of poetry would take a toll on Soto's life in ways he would have never imagined, and completely changed him forever. After discovering poetry, Soto fell in love with the art. Soto then took a poetry workshop at the California State University at Fresno with Philip Levine, who showed him that he should use his past experiences in his writing ("Small Town with One Road" 207). In 1988, Soto said that Levine was a master at teaching how to read poetry(Tatum Vol 1). He graduated from CSU at Fresno, in 1974 (Tatum Vol. 1). Later, Soto earned an ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 57. Gary Soto Pie Analysis In the excerpt from A Summer Life, the autobiographical narrative by Gary Soto, he uses tactile and olfactory imagery, dramatic diction, repetition, and religious allusions to recreate the experience of his six–year–old self. In the first part of the story, Soto describes his experience feeling nervous while stealing a pie as well as the temptation of the pie using imagery. Then, he reveals details about how enticing and delicious the pie was when he finally got to eat it using dramatic diction. Finally, at the end of the excerpt, Soto shares the extreme amount of paranoia and guilt he felt after both stealing and eating the pie using repetition and religious allusions. Soto starts out the story by describing in vivid images the nervousness ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... After eating the pie, Soto claims that "a car honked, and the driver knew" that Soto had stolen the pie (65). He says of his neighbor that "she knew" (66). He even says that his mother who was working "knew" that he had committed this horrible crime (68). Soto's repetition of all of the people he believed to know about the stolen pie helps the reader understand his paranoia. Obviously it is unlikely that these people actually know that he stole the pie, but in his mind it was a very real possibility if not a certainty. Along with his paranoia, he feels guilty about what he did. He says that after stealing and eating the pie, he "knew that sin was what you took and didn't give back" (85–86). This biblical allusion references Soto's guilt because it shows that he believes he has gone against his religion and sinned by stealing the pie, or taking it and not giving it back. The reader can empathize with the guilt Soto felt after going against what he believes are very important moral rules by imagining how they would feel after violating their own morals. Soto shares the guilt of his younger self through this religious allusion along with using repetition to share his ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 59. Gary Soto The Jacket Essay Literacy Essay: "The Jacket" By Gary Soto By: Shium M. Turning into an adult can be scary. Everyone goes through a stage when you're a teen, that make them miserable, but prepared! Well, Gary Soto, from "The Jacket", goes through this phase with an ugly jacket and experiences a disconsolate life at school. That jacket really affected him and here is how. All the torment and stress of school started when he first wore it. His attitude from the beginning of the story to the end was quite different, and he remembered it for years after it broke. First, the book "The Jacket" is a personal narrative book about a boy who receives a cheap jacket from his mom. At school; he got picked on more often, was gossiped about and didn't do well in school. Towards the end of the story, he became a whole new person and stayed like that way after it broke. As stated in the claim, All the torment and stress of school started when he first wore it. In paragraph 6–9 [of the book "The Jacket" of course]. He is made fun of from his classmates, he was bullied by the bully "Frankie the school terrorist (two)" more often. He started to be the center of gossip for ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Gary would act very different if you noticed his attitude from the beginning and the end of the story. In the beginning, Gary was a young and innocent child that would never let out his true anger on his siblings. He would deal with his cheap mom as mentioned on page one. The minute he got the jacket he even says in the text "I stared at that thing, like an enemy, thinking bad things. Towards the end, he made the change into a teenager. He was confused and wanted to be alone. He talks back to his sibling. Argue with his mom. Complained and called his jacket "an ugly green brother" referring to the fact that a brother will always be there and hover over him much like the jacket and he could be ugly just like the jacket. The jacket is shaping Gary's ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 61. Analysis Of Oranges By Gary Soto The poem, "Oranges" by Gary Soto focuses on the emotions and thoughts of a young boy meeting up with a girl for the first time. The poem begins with the boy, walking in the cold, December weather, carrying two oranges in his jacket. Then comes his initial contact with the girl at her house, following the walk to the drugstore. In the drugstore, the boy offers the girl to get what she wants, in which the picks a chocolate bar. However, the chocolate bar costs a dime, but the boy has only a nickel. To prevent embarrassment, the boy keeps quiet to the girl and pays for the chocolate bar using the nickel and the orange he brought. The cashier understood the situation, allowing the purchase. The two kids walk out the drugstore, holding hands until they stop to unwrap the chocolate and peel the orange. The poem ends with the author describing the contrast with the bright orange against the gray, gloomy weather. The first experience creates nervousness and apprehension, bringing out the innocent, young love. However, the two oranges, that are brought along with the boy, help offset the winter cold and inner fear. The oranges that are brought contribute to the poem, allowing the boy to satisfy his date. Using literary structures and figurative language, the message of the story is conveyed to the readers. In Gary Soto's poem, "Oranges," the theme: for the people you love, there are always sacrifices, is fortified by symbolic imagery, enjambment, and the passionate tone. The passionate tone within the poem assists in bringing out the author's message. For example in lines twenty–seven to thirty–eight: And asked what she wanted Light in her eyes, a smile Starting at the corners Of her mouth. I fingered A nickel in my pocket And when she lifted a chocolate That cost a dime, I didn't say anything. I took the nickel from My pocket, then an orange, And set them quietly on The counter. (Soto, 1938) With the author's attitude of giving and caring, the theme is emphasized. The boy understands what the girl desires and by doing his best, the message of "sacrifice" is communicated in the text. The poem reads from lines thirty–eight to forty–two, "When I looked up,/ The lady's eyes met mine,/ And held them, knowing/ ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 63. Summary Of The Jacket By Gary Soto My Leotard In the essay "The Jacket" Gary Soto uses many literary devices to tell us about a time in the past. He uses a jacket as a symbol to represent many more things than it usually would. In this essay Gary Soto is in the stages of becoming an adult, and with that comes with many challenges. The challenges that young Soto faced was to please his mother by wearing that ugly jacket, which caused him many problems. Or he could go to school without the ugly green jacket so he would not be seen as a loser. Throughout the story Soto could not make up his mind whether to wear the jacket or not. Childhood experiences stay with us all of our lives, even the bad ones. Judgement and the judgement of others and how you perceive yourself is a big part ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... I started at age 9 and went there until age fourteen or fifteen. It was a place where I would want to spend my time there again. I fell in love with gymnastics all over again. This time I loved the sport and didn't care what people thought of me. I wore whatever I wanted too and I was not made fun of at the gym because these people were my "real" coaches and friends, which I trusted no matter what. At this time my mom took me to run errands before or after practice when I was in my leotard. When we were in stores there were all sorts of people looking at me. Some would whisper to a person next to them when I walked by, others would stare and point, and some would even laugh when I walked by. At this time growing up in my life I cared what people thought about me, I didn't want to be the girl that everyone laughed at or stared at because I was wearing something different and unusual. I also noticed that boys could wear their pads to a store and people would high–five them or ask them how they did, but when you walk into a store with a leotard everything ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 65. Summary Of Oranges By Gary Soto Reflecting upon the distant memory of actions towards love, Gary Soto's poem, "Oranges," connotes that love can overcome any obstacle or price, and bring light or hope to a person's life. The speaker is established as male – neurotic, then confident, and cheerful. Free verse is exhibited through this poem as well as x–lined stanzas. Enjambments also extend the speaker's phrases creating a conversational tone and simple diction. The speaker expressions of sentimental and nostalgic attitude supports the theme as he reconciles his love and hope at that moment in his life. Early on, oranges are introduced into the poem as the speaker is "Cold, and weighted down / With two oranges in [his] jacket," and used as a symbol of warmth in the cold of December(3–4). Specifically, Soto uses auditory imagery as "Frost cracking / Beneath [his] steps," to further juxtapose the ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The cracking frost on the ground also adds negative connotation emphasizing the isolation and anxiety of the speaker before he is accompanied by his significant other. The speaker mentions a distinct detail of his lover's house: the "Porch light burned yellow / Night and day, in any weather" is the first overt example of positive tone(10–11). The hyperbole exaggerates that the home has overflowing happiness and love in any condition. In addition, Soto combines auditory and visual imagery as the ringing of "the tiny bell" and the "narrow aisle of goods" refer to the soft–hearted speaker's unintentional imagery of a wedding, justifying the predilection towards his relationship(Alliteration). Alternatively, Personification of the "tiny bell / Bringing a saleslady / Down a narrow aisle of goods," introduces the 'Symbolic Character'; representing the effects of love towards a person and how society understands the rewards of love(21–24). Besides introducing the character into the poem, the bells that bring the saleslady into the poem can also be interpreted as the wedding bells ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 67. "Oranges" by Gary Soto Essay "Oranges" By Gary Soto Gary Soto was born April 12, 1952, in Fresno, California to Mexican–American parents. His grandparents emigrated from Mexico during the Great Depression and found jobs as farm laborers. Soto grew up poor in the San Joaquin Valley and learned that hard work pays off through chores, such as moving lawns, picking grapes, painting houses, and washing cars. When Gary was five his father died as the result of a factory accident, and his mother was left to raise her three children with the help of her parents. Soto describes his family as an "illiterate" family. They did not have books and were not encouraged to read. In fact, Gary did not start writing poetry until he was in college. He also is an author of ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Brightness shows how much power the orange actually has. The references in the story build up the power of the orange. Soto talks about sacrifice, and we all go through that. What we do to please other people. The boy had to give up his orange because he didn't have enough money. He told his girlfriend that she can chose any kind of candy found in the isle, and she chose a chocolate bar that cost a dime, now the boy only had a nickel and a pair of oranges in his pocket. Instead of feeling embarrassed and cheep in front of his new girl, the boy decided to put up the nickel and an orange on the counter for the saleslady. Oranges are rare in the winter and their encounter might be precious. They convey a powerful feeling. Making fire in the hands represents that he is in love. That he feels God like, he feels tough like he can do it all when he's around his girlfriend. The tone of the poem is simple with broken down sentences. Adolescent love is simple much like childhood love. There are the sweaty hands, heavy breathing, butterflies in the stomach, but when kids fall in love, its not true love, it most likely is just a crush. The words that are used in the poem are not complex but short and meaningful. When reading between the lines, and reading the poem more than twice, it is much easier to put two and two together and have a better ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 69. Gary Soto The Pie Analysis Guilt Shaping Your Life "Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you. It's a black wall. It's a thief " (Grohl). Guilt consumes you with every evil pondering present within the atmosphere. Carrying it brings resentment and death of the spirit, tormenting and haunting you for the rest of your days. It's like filling a sack full of heavy rocks and never giving yourself the opportunity to rest. In Gary Soto's personal narrative "The Pie", he expresses his guilt as a 6–year– old child. Gary Soto's body language sets the stage for symbolism on his aim on stealing pie from the grocer's store. "...the juice of guilt wetting my underarms" (Soto 13). The juice of guilt symbolizes his religious knowledge, since he is acknowledged ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... Gary Soto's tone is filled with resentment for the evil deed he has accomplished. Realizing his actions and seeking forgiveness, this shows how innocent and spirit–minded he tended to be as a 6– year–old boy. It's essential for people to sort their evil doings and aim to make up for them. This will make you feel better and not be loaded with torment and torture of disastrous ponderings. My personal experience with guilt was the time when I cheated off a math quiz in elementary school. Eyes glaring across the table of the smartest girl in class, I started scribbling answers on the test. Catching her glance made me look away and not make it too noticeable. Realizing my deed and its effects encouraged me to look away from her test and pour out my own knowledge and effort. This relates to Gary Soto's experience of stealing the pie while I nearly cheated on a math test. In contrast, my consciousness made me realize my evil ponderings and to control my nerves on not knowing the material. Is there any way to get rid of guilt? Will the feeling haunt you for the rest of your days? What will help cure the terrible feeling and weight? Guilt will only lead you to sin and torture. Making a positive choice matters and influences your life. Give credit to yourself for past deeds and aim to follow your conscious mind in the present and ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 71. Analysis Of Oranges By Gary Soto The poems " Oranges" by Gary Soto expresses a slow and light feeling, the story focuses on a boy and a girl first time going out. The other poem " Maco Limping" by David Nava Monreal gives a wide variety of tone. The story is based around this dog with some disabilities. Both poems have similar tones conveyed by the authors' word choice. To begin with, the story " Moco Limping" by David Nava Monreal has two different main tones displayed, frustrated and disappointed in the beginning. The author has the owner of the dog really wanted the dog will be tough and wild but ends up with a dog who is the opposite from that. According to the text, it says " I wanted him to be the first dog howling in the pack the leader... But, instead , he's this rickety little canine. These two quotes show that the author is disappointed a dog he has from it using the words 'rickety'. The word makes the tone feel disappointed. This tone flows through the beginning and middle of this book. Until the end, the author changes his tone into nostalgia feeling. The ending to " Moco Limping" Ends with " I feel His warm fur, and his imperfection is forgotten." This gives the reader a nice calm loving tone to end of with using the words like 'I feel his warm fur' he using the word warm gives the nice cool feeling the reader when its read. This change in tone ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... The story carried out a sentimental theme throughout the book. For starters the text states " Light in her eyes, a smile" The author portrays the theme with that stanza alone. The words the authors use light and smile gives the reader the light–hearted feeling. To also go off of that that, the poem also quotes, " I took my girl's hand in mine for two blocks." This quote also gives it the nostalgic to the story as said in the last reason. As you can see the poem has the same tone throughout but why do these poems have to do with each ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 73. Piedra By Gary Soto Summary The most important tone in "Piedra" by Gary Soto is blissfulness. Gary Soto's ear drums flushed with a "roar of water" as he turns the corner to the river. He's playing "games" while being scolded by fishermen to quiet down. As the essay comes to an end Soto is joyfully lying on grass, his body is covered by the beams of the sun, his mind is completely shut off to the world his problems have no meaning here, and he wishes he could lie under the "sunlight" forever. An important image in "Piedra" is the "roar of water" which represents the tone of blissfulness. His family is doing their Saturday outing to River of Rock to eat some lunch Soto loves this place. As they drive past orchards his mother nags him about his grade saying to improve, ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... They stopped playing under the rays and sat down to a barbeque lunch, which his parents had prepared. After eating, Soto adventures off by himself betting his mother he could climb it quickly. Everything below him is petite he loves being the king on the top of the mountain. He sat enjoying being near the sun as if he were a lizard basking on a rock. He was in his happy place, filled with warmth, and loving where he's at. Soto says, "Except for the wind it was quiet too, with just one thought, and this thought was happiness. I was happy. All the badness in my life was momentarily gone, flooded with sunlight, and I believed I could lie down in the grass forever. I will have my chance" (128).The tone of blissfulness gleams threw out this quotation. Soto is sitting at the top of a mountain taking in the view, sitting quietly thinking about how his problems have temporally diapered however, he knows that he will soon have to face them again. The "sunlight" is romantic imagine because, he can look at the sun but he can't hold on to the sun with his hands, therefore it doesn't appeal to all five senses. Soto can feel his body wrapped in the heat of the sun. It puts him into a daze and he thinks to himself about how perfect this moment is however, is aware of the fact he is going to have to leave the beautiful wilderness for his same ol neighborhood. He wanted ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 75. Pacific Crossing By Gary Soto Emma Davis Mrs. Brown Advanced American Literature 15 December 2016 Gary Soto Gary Soto was born in Fresno, California in April of 1952. He is the son of Mexican– American working–class people and he also earned his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in 1976 at The University of California. In the novel, Pacific Crossing, Soto writes about two teenage best friends who receive an invitation to Japan to participate in an exchange student program. The two friends, Lincoln Mendoza and Tony Contreras, are from California and they both live in the same neighborhood, called a barrio. Gary Soto also lived in a barrio when he was growing up in California. Tony and Lincoln are also Mexican–American, like Soto. Gary Soto is one of three children, Rick Soto, ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... For example, when he was younger he used to live in a neighborhood well known as a barrio, which is the Spanish word for a lower–class neighborhood. He writes about barrios in Pacific Crossing, "... on his way to Japan with his lifelong friend, his blood, his carnal, his neighbor from the barrio, his number–one man on the basketball floor at Franklin Junior High – Tony Contreras." (Soto 1). Soto is connecting his past with his character's by writing about what their lives used to be like. He also writes about their Mexican–American ancestries. He writes, "At a young age, he worked in the fields of the San Joaquin Valley." ("Gary Soto"). When Gary Soto was younger, he and his parents and grandparents worked in the fields to help make a living for him, his siblings, and the rest of his family. He relates this to his novel by writing, "But field work – even in a one–acre patch of eggplant, his least favorite vegetable, and three rows of tomato plants – was something new to Lincoln. He felt proud as he staggered about in oversized boots, a hat shading his eyes from the sun." (Soto 24–25). In this part of the novel, Lincoln is learning what life in Japan is actually like and Gary Soto is connecting what his life was like when he was Lincoln's ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...
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  • 77. Gary Soto Essay Throughout the autobiographical narrative written by Gary Soto, many different literary elements are used to recreate the experience of his guilty six–year old self. Different elements such as contrast, repetition, pacing, diction, and imagery. Soto narrates this story as a young boy at a time when he seems to be young and foolish, Soto foolmaking mistakes, but at the same time hoping to learn from them. Soto uses each of these devices to convey different occurrences in the narrative. Contrast is used when Soto compares himself to Eve, a biblical character, when God punished her for stealing an apple from a sacred garden. Also in the first line of the story Soto explains he "knew enough about hell to stop me from stealing", but later in ... Show more content on Helpwriting.net ... They are obviously used to show that Soto is nervous and moving around quickly because there is a lot of action going on at the time. However, in the some of the last paragraphs there are many more complex sentences, which are used to show that Soto has returned to his state of boredom and also to express that there is not much going on inside Soto's head.. As mentioned before diction was used along with other elements to help bring out the heart of the matter in Soto's story. When Soto says he held the pie like a "discus" it makes one think that maybe he was ready to throw it like a Frisbee because at the time he was so nervous. Also, when Soto first steals the pie, he notices that the grocer's forehead "shone with a window of light." It seems because Soto is so nervous, he begins to notice every little detail of what is going on in front of him. Another example occurs when Soto is eating the pie and he declares that his teeth were "bathed with the jam–like filling." This makes him look as if he is relishing every moment of eating the pie. Finally, imagery is used throughout the story such as the "proximity of God howling beneath the house" which seems to convey a dark image of God. Another example of imagery occurs when Soto burps to "perfume the air." It gives one a sense that Soto is burping not just let out gas but to give him a sense of relief and ... Get more on HelpWriting.net ...