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Temptation it happens to the best of us That one thing heshe craves more than anything calls out hisher name There is no point in trying to stop it It consumes ones thoughts and feelings until they are incapable of thinking of anything else In Gary Sotos case the victim was a warm apple pie Right when he saw it he knew it would be his whether he had money or not By using pacing diction and imagery Soto recreates the experience of his guilty six year-old self and tells the tale of the sweetest pie he ever ate and the horrid way he came about obtaining it Soto was a good kid He knew enough about Hell to stop him from stealing and was holy in almost every bone Upon arriving at the German market Soto thoroughly examined his options There was too much too choose from pecan and apple cherry and chocolate Making the right choice was critical and Soto was precise in doing so After doing the dirty deed everything seemed to move in fast-forward He raced on skinny legs to the block but couldnt wait any longer He clawed chunks of the pie into his mouth jam-like filling coating his teeth until it was completely gone By using a varying pace the reader is pulled into the story and follows the action of Soto This way the reader will enjoy the excitement of the action but will also get a chance to recuperate The pie tin glared at me and rolled away when the wind picked up My face was sticky with guilt Soto knew what he had done was wrong yet at the time it felt so right The slop was sweet and gold-colored The finger-dripping pieces were unbearably delicious and Soto greedily pushed big chunks of pie down his throat He was selfish and he had no right to be considering the pie was not even his He wiped
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