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Gary Soto, in his passage from A Summer Life, depicts the guilt of his six-year-old self during a pie-stealing escapade.

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Soto Essay Rewrite Gary Soto, in his passage from A Summer Life, depicts the guilt of his six-year-old self during a pie-stealing escapade. His recollection of memories overflows with sharp imagery, sophisticated diction and intensifying repetition. Since written from a more mature standpoint, the memory seems well suited for these writing techniques. Though older, Soto uses imagery, diction, and repetition to immerse the reader in the guilt felt by his younger self. Throughout the passage, Soto's imagery dominates the phrasing. ...read more.

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And as a burp "perfumed" the air, one can fully visualize a plump little child covered in his own sticky sin. Soto's diction, too, is sophisticated in its delivery throughout the passage. He does not use simpler constructions nor does he employ clich�s, such as "the sun was rising." Instead, he states quite poetically that the "sun wavered between branches of yellowish sycamore." The detail used lets the reader know that young Soto isn't solely focused on his pie; he also takes notice of the sun, passing cars, and the actions of Cross-Eyed Johnny. ...read more.

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Not only is he aware though, he even speculates as to who knows of his sinful deed. "The driver knew. Mrs. Hancock...knew." This further demonstrates the child's guilty conscience and adds it to his character. These devices together recreate a child's misadventure when normally an author would have found passed time to be a writing barrier. Soto, instead, seems to have mastered the stream-of-consciousness style in which the youngster must think and has still managed to gracefully blend in mature writing techniques. Each one of these techniques slices and serves a different aspect of the young Soto's guilt until the reader has had his fill. ...read more.

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