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The Dirty Pie Almost every human being can recall some incident from their life that they wish had not happened Many people can recall some grievous deed they committed where getting away with it was worse then being caught In his autobiography Gary Soto recalls a time when he was six years old and stole an apple pie Sotos use of contrast diction and imagery breathe life into his work and give a unique perspective into the mind and motive of a guilty six year old In Sotos work a reader is impressed by the vast amount of vivid contrasts to illustrate a point not only from a childs view but also from a religious one too Sotos first sentence is I knew enough about hell to stop me from stealing I was holy in almost every bone Interestingly Soto mentions the negative first he knows he does not want to go to hell so for that very reason and that reason alone -he wants to abstain from stealing The weakness of this is that a person or child cannot be lectured by his mother about morals and be expected to instantly adopt them No all that Soto has is an empty shell that contains no substance and will crumble under the slightest amount of pressure Furthermore Soto remarks that there were nine different kinds of pie at the shop Pecan and apple being my favorite although cherry looked good and my dear fat-faced chocolate was always a good bet This sentence must be considered on a religious standpoint one can compare the different types of pie to sins all different and all good looking but they are still the same deep down Also remember that Soto said he was holy in almost every bone He was somewhat of an innocent child But just as Eve consciously took the apple from the tree of knowledge and committed the first sin Gary Soto is standing
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