Oranges

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  • Oranges By: Gary Soto
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  • Connotation/Tone
  • Oranges: a fruit, also a color. The Narrator most likely has strong feelings, whether good or bad, toward it. 
  • Shift
  • It is cold outside. The Narrator (N) is walking to meet a girl. It is the first girl they have walked with. N is 12. They have two oranges in their pocket. As N meets up with the girl a dog barks at them. N and the girl walk to the drugstore. The girl wants chocolate the cost 10 cents but N only has 5. They pay with the nickel and an orange. They walk for a bit then break to unwrap the chocolate and peel the orange. It seems to glow.
  • Title
  • Blithe: First time, yellow, bright, smiled, newly planted, candies, light, chocolate, fire Melancholy: Cold, weighted down, cracking, used, drugstore, narrow, didn't say anything, quietly, old, gray Tone: Bittersweet, the narrator is remembering a time that was happy, yet it seems as if there is an air of sadness around the memory.
  • Theme
  • In the poem, the shift happens when the first stanza ends and the second begins. It changes from being a sad and happy sounding memory to a hopeful one tinged with sadness.
  • Oranges: a fruit that represents, and possibly triggers, this memory of the Narrator.
  • There are two themes in this poem. One is trading things you cherish for the ones you cherish. The second theme is bittersweet memories.
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