2 Learning Objectives As we study this poem you will learn: The story of the poemBe reminded of the following terminologies:Metaphor, Simile, Symbolism, ClimaxThe themes that it explores is LoveExplore the significance and meaning of the orangeRead out the poem to the class in a groupYou will also complete some mini tasks and a test and an assignment on the poem
3 StarterWrite about a time when you have had a strange encounter with a female who is either in or outside your family. What was strange about it? How did the both of you react? How did it eventually manage to end?Have you or do you of anyone who has purchased an item and paid for it in a different form other than money? If so, describe what has happened that has allowed this to happen. How did the salesperson conducting the transaction react throughout the whole situation?
4 Oranges I turned to the candies Tiered like bleachers, And asked what she wanted -Light in her eyes, a smileStarting at the cornersOf her mouth. I fingeredA nickel in my pocket,And when she lifted a chocolateThat cost a dime,I didn’t say anything.I took the nickel fromMy pocket, then an orange,And set them quietly onThe counter. When I looked up,The lady’s eyes met mine,And held them, knowingVery well what it was allAbout.Outside,A few cars hissing past,Fog hanging like oldCoats between the trees.I took my girl’s handIn mine for two blocks,Then released it to letHer unwrap the chocolate.I peeled my orangeThat was so bright againstThe gray of DecemberThat, from some distance,Someone might have thoughtI was making a fire in my handsOrangesThe first time I walked With a girl, I was twelve, Cold, and weighted down With two oranges in my jacket. December. Frost cracking Beneath my steps, my breath Before me, then gone, As I walked toward Her house, the one whose Porch light burned yellow Night and day, in any weather. A dog barked at me, until She came out pulling At her gloves, face bright With rouge. I smiled, Touched her shoulder, and led Her down the street, across A used car lot and a line Of newly planted trees, Until we were breathing Before a drugstore. We Entered, the tiny bell Bringing a saleslady Down a narrow aisle of goods. (Stanza continues into the top of the next column)
5 Mini-Task One: Your View? Most poems have an idea or ‘story’ that the poet wants to tell his reader.Mini Task 1Task: In words write down what you think is the story of OrangesHint: Look at the 2nd column of the poem to sum up what happens.Stanza: It is a series of lines in a poem that are grouped together.
6 Story of The PoemThe speaker in the poem recounts about the time when he first walked with a girl that he likedHe remembers carrying two oranges in his jacket. When he arrives, the girl then comes out, pulling on her glovesThe boy reacts by: A) Smiling and B) Touching her shoulderThe two couples then walk together and enter a local drugstoreAt the request of the speaker, the girl decides that she would like to have a chocolateShe reacts to his question by: A) Smiling and B) Eyes lighting upThe speaker pays for the ¢ 10 chocolate using:Nickel (¢ 5)1 of the Oranges he holdsThe saleslady reacts to the unusual payment of an orange by:Just looking at the speakerUnderstanding the situation that he speaker fancies the girlThe two couple then go out in the cold weather and the boy holds the girl’s handSignificance: He assumes that he has ‘won’ her heart at this pointAs the girl unwraps the chocolate, the speaker peels the other orangeThe orange is compared to the fire, symbolizing the passion he has for her
7 Structure of the PoemThis is a, ‘free Verse Poem’ as there is no clear rhyming patternFree verse poems do not follow a particular pattern, rhyme scheme, or stanza patternIt is NOT written in versesIs made up of 2 stanzas, with 1 long and 1 short stanzaThis shows that it is written with intention to highlight the climax within the poem"The lady’s eyes met mine,/ And held them, knowing/ Very well what it was all/ About” ClimaxThe salesperson was originally struck when presented with an orange as a form of payment. Nevertheless, after seeing the speaker and the girl he was standing next to, she realized he was trying to impress herIn essence, she followed through with the boy’s silent request for help and saved him the devastation of rejecting the orange in exchange for the chocolate
8 Significance of The Orange The speaker may have brought oranges to share it with the girlThe oranges can be used as a form of payment, to make up for anything that might cost more than the ¢5 that he hadThis is what actually happenedFor the speaker, it represents both:WealthLoveContrast Object: The orange was bright in his hands and the day was gray and grimAt first, the orange seems to be a burden, but by the end of the poem, it symbolizes hope between the 2 characters
9 Important Points/Lines to Note The speaker is meticulous and braveMeticulous: Taking or showing extreme care about details and how things are planned (Definition)He knows he might not have enough money, so he brought the oranges just in caseHe is a risk taker, since they possibility of being denied the chocolate the girl has requested was quite highLine: “Cold, and weighted down”Meaning: It is winter, the oranges were heavy – perhaps a burden because he realizes he does not have any moneyOne can interpret the girl’s reaction in various ways:She genuinely loves the boy and wants to be spoiled by himShe might have been shy, but was not intimidated for the kind of candy she wantedLike him, she may have been poor and wanted to be treated to a snackShe is naïve and does not really know what is going on
10 Theme: LoveSpeaker: It is obvious that speaker has great love for the girl he fancies since:He picks her up from the houseWalks with her to the drugstoreBuys her the item that she requestsHe took chance at possible humiliation by paying for the other half of the chocolate using an orangeTo his luck, this workedHe sacrificed the little money he had and rather than eating the same thing, he instead chose to eat the other orangeGirl: The girl in return shows interest by:Having him taking her outAllowing him to touch her should and later holding her handsSmiling and showing various facial expressions of approvalEats the chocolate with himExamples of love references:“Face bright With rouge. I smiled, touched her shoulder, and led Her down the street”“And asked what she wanted - light in her eyes, a smile starting at the corners Of her mouth”“I took my girl’s hand In mine for two blocks, then released it to let Her unwrap the chocolate““From some distance, someone might have thought I was making a fire in my hands”
11 Literary Devices Metaphor – The orange’s indirect comparison to sun Symbolism – OrangeMeaning: It is a symbol of love, passion and fury for the speaker. It has great value and is seen as just as important as moneyImagery: “We are breathing before a drugstore”Meaning: It is so cold they can see their breath as they stand in front of the storeOnomatopoeia - “A few cars hissing past”Meaning: The speaker emphasize that the cars are making a hissing-like soundPersonification/Simile – “Fog hanging like old Coats between the trees”Meaning: The fog is being given the human attribute that it is around. The fog is also compared to a coat that hangs out from a tree to drySymbolism – “I was making a fire in my hands”Meaning: This symbolizes the spark of the flame of a new relationship beginningMetaphor – The orange’s indirect comparison to sunMeaning: The orange seems to lighten the mood and the love between the two, during a cold and gloomy day
12 ‘Oranges’ Assignment Task: Rough Work Task: Explain the strange actions of both the speaker and the girl in Gary Soto’s “Orange”. In addition, you need to discuss:How the actions of the 2 characters relate to the theme of loveIts structure as well as its meaningWhat you enjoyed about itWhat you did not like about itWords: wordsDue Date: February/March ________.Warning: Please avoid plagiarizing, otherwise you risk getting a zeroTask: Rough Work_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
13 Academic Assignments – Broad Marking Rubric Work awarded marks in the bands below will display most of the accompanying criteria17-20The assignment is at the upper end of the word limit.It is a comprehensive, astute and accurate answer to the question.Excellent knowledge and understanding of the text is displayed.There are frequent supportive references to the text.There is a very good use of English with very few errors in SPG.It conforms to MLA format.12-16The assignment is within the word limit.It is a good answer to the question.A good working knowledge and understanding of the text is displayed.There are some supportive references to the text.There is a good use of English with a few errors in SPG.7-12The assignment is below the word limit.It is a weak or inaccurate answer to the question.Limited knowledge and understanding of the text is displayed.There are no supportive references to the text.There is a poor use of English with frequent errors in SPG.It does not completely conform to MLA format.1-6It does not really answer the question.Very limited knowledge and understanding of the text is displayed.There is a very poor use of English with extensive errors in SPG.It does not conform to MLA format.Comments: _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________