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The author uses religious diction throughout the narrative. Although as a young boy, Soto was "holy in almost every bone," (line 1) he still stole the apple pie. He says he "knew enough about hell" to keep him from stealing, yet he did it anyways. He knew what he was doing was wrong, but blames his sin on boredom. Earlier, he saw "shadows of angels" (line 2) in his backyard, and heard the pipes howling underneath his house, which he describes as being "God howling" in line 8.
"The Pie" is full of colorful and vivid imagery. The use of this rhetorical strategy helps the readers to see what Soto saw as a child, on that day in which he stole the pie. All of the five senses a human possesses
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- "The Pie," Gary Soto tells ...
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- "I laid more pieces on my tongue, wet finger-dripping pieces… it was about the best thing I had ever tasted." (line 21) Readers will hear "the plumbing that howled underneath the house," just as Soto ...
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