This poem's literary techniques and imagery gives the readers an insight into the environment and the surroundings that are seen vividly even though they are described through the use of foreshadowing. Each stanza gives the readers a different understanding on what is going on during the poem. Each stanza also makes the readers question their opinions and their understanding of the poem and the street.
He feels the need to help his family, when the other man of the house is unable to do the task of finding the cows. The crops have also been poor in their region, “We too… [have] poor crops lately. That [is] why it is so important that I find the [cows], (192). Without these cows it will be difficult for his family to survive, so any small sign, like possibly seeing the cows on the horizon is good enough for the boy to pursue looking for them even closer. The boy also has some hallucinogenic dreams, where he hears animals talking to him, but he also sees the man act ‘crazy’ while playing chess. All night the man talked about this female that used to hang around and occasionally play chess together. In the dream, the boy sees the man “reaching for a weapon, as if his invisible partner [is] an enemy,” (199). When the man reaches for a weapon, it symbolizes abusing his partner, who was typically the female he kept talking about during dinner. This dream represents the boy’s thoughts, where he believes that the man abused/killed the female. If he can prove that this man is a bad man, that he has done something bad, then he can prove to his family that this man stole the cows. This is his subconscious ‘seeing what it wants to see and hear what it wants to hear’. The boy constantly ‘saw what he wanted to see and hear what he wanted to hear’, thus altering his perception of what is
The vivid imagery contrasts considerably with the speaker’s identity, highlighting the discrepancy between her imagined and true personas. The speaker undergoes a symbolic transformation into a boy, but in order to do so, she must cast away her defining features as a woman. One way she does this is by repositioning
Gary Soto, an inspiration writer, grew up in a small working class family that experienced various hardships thought their life. Soto learned from many experiences and later in life used these experiences for inspiration in his poetry. Soto, a prestigious writer with many awards, has written numerous books of poetry and fiction novels. “Oranges,” is a light, humorous poem about Soto growing up as a boy and walking with a young beautiful girl on a date to a local candy shop.
In “Oranges”, Gary Soto uses metaphorical language to make comparisons in this poem about the theme of love. Sofo uses metaphors towards the end of the poem when he compares the boys orange to a fire in his hands “I peeled my orange, That was bright [...] Someone might have thought I was making a fire in my hands”. (Lines 51-56, Soto). Oranges and fire have little in common other than their bright color. Soto’s metaphor compares the brightness of both the orange and the fire. The boy’s orange looks bright against the dark setting in his hands and when he peels the orange, the narrator compares it to a “fire in my hands”. The fire also stands for the warmth and love he feels towards the girl with whom he is walking with on their first
In the story “Tangerine” by Edward Bloor, Paul is characterized as an observant and introverted character who has the gift of knowing who a person really is. Even though Paul’s parents choose to be the ignorant people they are, they really don’t believe what Paul sees since they think that he’s visually impaired. According to page 63 of “Tangerine”, “You told them I’m handicapped! You told them I’m visually impaired!” Paul’s parents had told his teachers that h was visually impaired and now Coach Walski kicked Paul off the team for just that reason. On page 4 of “Tangerine” it states, “But I can see. I can see everything. I can see things that Mom and Dad can’t. Or won’t.” This just leads back to Paul being very observant and being able to
. . She interested him because her hair was red and thick, and in it she had placed a huge orange bow, nearly the size of a small hat.”(Rylant) Both the boy and the girl where too oblivious to realize that there were in fact sparks flying around, as if it were the fourth of july. Even after this grocery store encounter, the girl with the orange bow couldn’t bother to check the time so she could visit him when he was working, instead of not seeing him there for a month. “Incredibly, it was another four weeks before they saw each other again. As fate would have it, her visits to the supermarket never coincided with his schedule to bag. Each time she went to the store, her eyes scanned the checkouts at once, her heart in her mouth. And each hour he worked, the bag boy kept one eye on the door, watching for the red-haired girl with the big orange bow.”(Rylant) This girl could have saved herself a lot of heartbreak if she just remembered to look and see what time it
Four-Eyes was a son of writer and he secretly had banned western books with him. As a return to Luo and the narrator’s help, Four-Eye gave one book, “Balzac”. Immediately, Luo and the narrator read the story to the Little Seamstress. The book “Balzac” drew Little Seamstress’s attention and pulled her into the story. As the book “Balzac” was about a love story the teenagers soon was influenced by it. The book “Balzac” made Luo and the Little Seamstress notice their feeling towards each other and they started to hang out together. The book “Balzac” also made the narrator notice his feeling toward the Little Seamstress and jealous Luo dating with Little Seamstress. Not only with love, but the book “Balzac” hugely affected the Little Seamstress. When the boys was thinking up a plan to get other western literature from Four-Eyes, the Little Seamstress gives Luo and the narrator advices. She tells Luo and the narrator to steal the books. Before, Little Seamstress more of a quiet girl; however, with the influence of the book “Balzac” Little Seamstress became bold and more active. This especially shows in the last scene when Little Seamstress leaves the
In the poem, Orange, by Gary Soto has put great effect to the poem by adding happiness and pride the write experiences. This poem is all about love and that warm gooey feeling that you have for someone when the relationship is just starting to floum. Throughout the poem he uses descriptive words in order to point out the world around him and his emotions towards it.Soto gets there by contrasting. We know this by contrasting the end of the poem when he feels like he made a fire on his first day even though that day, the climate was very dark and yucky. Soto has achieved great effects to the scene where he describes himself peeling an orange but feels like he was making a fire because the color of the fruit was so bright. The effect was created
The author of ¨All Summer in a Day”, Ray Bradbury, effectively shows the true nature of envy and jealousy through an important passage that adds to the story's plot. The passage shows that longing can cause people to become desperate and end up impulsively lashing out, inflicting harm on others.
In the Poem “Oranges” by Gary Soto the theme of the piece is, to sacrifice for others in the name of love is worth everything you have. the theme of the story, though, is improved upon by literary devices. The first literary device present in the poem is Simile. The simile helps compare the items in the story that the main character talks about or saw while in the Drugstore with his girl on the date. While going through the store he comes across candies that were “tiered like bleachers”( Soto, 26), there were so many choices and his girl picked out the chocolate on one of the shelves, although what she picked out was more expensive than he thought and couldn’t afford it. When paying for the bar of chocolate which his girl picked out, he couldn’t pay for it
The characters display their ability to conform as they gradually change in the two literary works. For example, the poem, “Same Song,” is built around a girl who is on the verge of becoming a teenager. She begins to show uneasiness in her complexion. Mora states that this adolescent covers her face with makeup in the early hours of the day. Additionally, she curls her hair, and forces herself into tightly fit jeans. Wearily hobbling to bed, she knows that she will have to wake early in the morning, much to her dismay. The remarks show that she does not like doing this, and that her routine has changed vastly in comparison to what it was in previous years. Her brother displays formidable expectations in appearance as well. Society today believes
This poetry collection includes many of the poems that I wrote before, during, and after a year and half long romantic relationship that I had. They follow my emotions from my initial attraction to the individual all the way up until the present day. These poems are arranged in chronological order and follow the course of the relationship and the process that I went through to understand it and move on. The themes that these poems cover include loss of innocence, abuse, romantic love, and self love. Thank you for considering my work. Hypothermia
He explains a situation when his mom had to reach into the garbage to fetch a spoon by describing the scene in detail. “She found the spoon in a clump of coffee grounds mixed with scrambled egg remains and the end of the vegetable soup.” He really describes the scene of this situation so the reader can get a clear picture and a better understanding of how filthy the situation was.
The sensational flavor of warm gooey chocolate mixed in with the ever lasting taste of cookie dough. As a young child one is drawn toward the aroma of soft chewy treats. While the warm weather often draws most kids outside, the boy gets distracted from soccer due to the smell of fresh cookies. Roughing around in the warm air for a few hours, activates the appetite of a small human being. A young mother pulls out a tray of well prepared cookies and sets them down, cooling on the window sill. As the succulent smell draws the attention of the mother 's’ son, his mouth nearly waters out of temptation. With temptation comes desire, the boy reaches out for the cookie tray but falls short directed towards the lack of his ability of height. In his attempt