Psychological or Innocence
Author, Gary Soto, in his autobiographical narrative "The Pie" reminisces about the first time he committed an evil sin when he was only a six year old boy. Soto's purpose is to portray the different characteristics between good and evil through psychological references. He uses an overwhelming tone to describe the guilt and self-conscious he felt in a vividly manner to connect emotions with his adult readers. Soto interprets a glimpse of paranoia and a disturbing imagination which incorporates the belief of a psychological disorder within a six year old boy. The imagery Soto uses emphasizes his desires as a young boy. It helps the reader to view the story through a six-year-olds eyes and what would have driven him the most to steal. However, his actions as a six year old lead us to believe he portrays a personality disfunction known as bipolar. David Silverman establishes that the precise link between the dimorphic physical features and personality traits is unclear and children may be affected by displaying a multiple personality disorder (D. Silverman). Soto is aware that stealing the pie is a sin his guilt is amplified when he ignores his knowledge. "My sweet tooth gleaming and the juice of guilt wetting my underarms." He expresses his desire for the pie as he deeply expounds the feeling of temptation towards the pie (Soto). Soto remarks that there were nine different kinds of pie at the shop referring to the nine types of sin. Afterwards, Soto is burdened with culpability from his action of having committed a sin yet does not fully regret eating the pie he had stolen in order to emphasize the pleasure it had given him. As a six year old boy, he is not knowledgeable about religion or what is and what is not appropriate to perform yet, is assured that he is holy in almost every bone and accuses boredom for his actions. Paranoia is apparent with the religious allusion, “A squirrel nailed itself high on the trunk” (Soto). By using...
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