Gary Soto Timed Writing
In this essay, Soto uses many writing techniques to get his feelings across from stealing a pie at six years old. Three major writing techniques Soto uses to get his point across are contrast repetition, pacing and imagery. Fighting an internal battle with himself, Soto uses many cases of contrast repetition to show his internal conflict he has with himself about stealing the pie. Soto starts off by using contrast repetition almost immediately by saying that he “knew enough about hell to not sin” and also stating that he was holy in almost every bone. However even though he has said this, he also states that boredom makes him sin. This is contrasting because if he claims to be holy through and through, but then also states that boredom makes him sin, then that doesn’t seem like being holy to the bone to me. He is contrasting as a mere excuse to steal the pie, blaming it on boredom. When he has actually stolen the pie, many thoughts cross his mind and he is yet contrasting himself again. While he is sitting on the car fender, worrying about stealing the pie as Eve stole the apple in the Garden of Eden; he is feeling horrible about stealing this pie. While this worry and guilt is taking over his internal feelings, he contradicts himself once more by stating that the best things in life come stolen. The fact that he states that just went against all of the worry and guilt that was happening in his mind. Just when he convinced himself that the best things in life had come stolen, he starts to contradict again in his mind, feeling guilty about stealing the pie once more. He feels as if everyone knows about his transgression and he ends the story with saying sin is what you took and not give back. He repetitively contradicted himself throughout the entire essay which was a great way to show the internal battle of a guilt filled six year old. Not only does Soto show intense contrast repetition to show his inner emotions, but also he uses...
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