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In the autobiographical narrative "The Pie," Gary Soto tells of a sin he commits as a child and later feels guilty about. Although he knew stealing was wrong, that knowledge still did not keep him from taking a pie from the market. With the use of religious diction, vivid imagery, repetition, and pacing, Soto tells his readers of his life-changing experience, and what he thinks is the meaning of sin.
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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