As the narrator, Gary Soto recreates a childhood experience in which he steals a pie from the German Market. Although stealing a single pie might seem insignificant, Gary Soto is able to emphasize the guilt possessed as a young six-year-old boy by using numerous rhetorical devices to recreate this unforgettable memory. In the excerpt from A Summer Life, Gary Soto tries to show that humans are prone to sin.
Everyday men and women sin, subconsciously and consciously. Whether it’s committing murder or stealing something as simple as a pie. As children, we have to be taught right from wrong. Naturally we are selfish. The narrator then expresses his belief that he is righteous by saying,” I was holy in almost every bone”(Soto 1). With this statement, he believes that since he is so “holy” that sin won’t tempt him. But soon after the narrator expresses this belief, he immediately confesses to sinning by saying,” But boredom made me sin”(5). It is known that the time of idle is the devils time, and when its devil’s time sin is upon you.
After Soto steals the apple pie from the German Market, pie Soto says to himself, “No one saw”(12). By saying this Soto reveals the guilt that he is feeling. Eventually Soto’s feeling of guilt turns into paranoia. His paranoia is apparent with the biblical image,” an apple got Eve in trouble with a snake”(22). He compares himself with the first sinners, Adam and Eve, between the two because of the apple. This scares Soto because he knows Adam and Eve were punished for their actions. His remorse quickly vanishes, when the thought of the apple pie