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By: Gary Soto
As we study this poem you will learn: The story of the poem Be reminded of the following terminologies: Metaphor, Simile, Symbolism, Climax The themes that it explores is Love Explore the significance and meaning of the orange Read out the poem to the class in a group You will also complete some mini tasks and a test and an assignment on the poem
Write 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?
The 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) I turned to the candies Tiered like bleachers, And asked what she wanted - Light in her eyes, a smile Starting at the corners Of her mouth. I fingered A nickel in my pocket, And when she lifted a chocolate That cost a dime, I didn’t say anything. I took the nickel from My pocket, then an orange, And set them quietly on The counter. When I looked up, The lady’s eyes met mine, And held them, knowing Very well what it was all About. Outside, A few cars hissing past, Fog hanging like old Coats between the trees. I took my girl’s hand In mine for two blocks, Then released it to let Her unwrap the chocolate. I peeled my orange That was so bright against The gray of December That, from some distance, Someone might have thought I was making a fire in my hands
Most poems have an idea or ‘story’ that the poet wants to tell his reader. Mini Task 1 Task: In words write down what you think is the story of Oranges Hint: Look at the 2 nd column of the poem to sum up what happens. Stanza: It is a series of lines in a poem that are grouped together.
The speaker in the poem recounts about the time when he first walked with a girl that he liked He remembers carrying two oranges in his jacket. When he arrives, the girl then comes out, pulling on her gloves The boy reacts by: A) Smiling and B) Touching her shoulder The two couples then walk together and enter a local drugstore At the request of the speaker, the girl decides that she would like to have a chocolate She reacts to his question by: A) Smiling and B) Eyes lighting up The speaker pays for the ¢ 10 chocolate using: A. Nickel (¢ 5) B. 1 of the Oranges he holds The saleslady reacts to the unusual payment of an orange by: A. Just looking at the speaker B. Understanding the situation that he speaker fancies the girl The two couple then go out in the cold weather and the boy holds the girl’s hand Significance: He assumes that he has ‘won’ her heart at this point As the girl unwraps the chocolate, the speaker peels the other orange The orange is compared to the fire, symbolizing the passion he has for her
This is a, ‘free Verse Poem’ as there is no clear rhyming pattern Free verse poems do not follow a particular pattern, rhyme scheme, or stanza pattern It is NOT written in verses Is made up of 2 stanzas, with 1 long and 1 short stanza This 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” Climax The 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 her In 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
The speaker may have brought oranges to share it with the girl The oranges can be used as a form of payment, to make up for anything that might cost more than the ¢5 that he had This is what actually happened For the speaker, it represents both: A. Wealth B. Love Contrast Object: The orange was bright in his hands and the day was gray and grim At first, the orange seems to be a burden, but by the end of the poem, it symbolizes hope between the 2 characters
The speaker is meticulous and brave Meticulous: 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 case He is a risk taker, since they possibility of being denied the chocolate the girl has requested was quite high Line: “Cold, and weighted down” Meaning: It is winter, the oranges were heavy – perhaps a burden because he realizes he does not have any money One can interpret the girl’s reaction in various ways: 1. She genuinely loves the boy and wants to be spoiled by him 2. She might have been shy, but was not intimidated for the kind of candy she wanted 3. Like him, she may have been poor and wanted to be treated to a snack 4. She is naïve and does not really know what is going on
Speaker: It is obvious that speaker has great love for the girl he fancies since: He picks her up from the house Walks with her to the drugstore Buys her the item that she requests He took chance at possible humiliation by paying for the other half of the chocolate using an orange To his luck, this worked He sacrificed the little money he had and rather than eating the same thing, he instead chose to eat the other orange Girl: The girl in return shows interest by: Having him taking her out Allowing him to touch her should and later holding her hands Smiling and showing various facial expressions of approval Eats the chocolate with him Examples of love references: 1. “Face bright With rouge. I smiled, touched her shoulder, and led Her down the street” 2. “And asked what she wanted - light in her eyes, a smile starting at the corners Of her mouth” 3. “I took my girl’s hand In mine for two blocks, then released it to let Her unwrap the chocolate“ 4. “From some distance, someone might have thought I was making a fire in my hands”
Symbolism – Orange Meaning: It is a symbol of love, passion and fury for the speaker. It has great value and is seen as just as important as money Imagery: “We are breathing before a drugstore” Meaning: It is so cold they can see their breath as they stand in front of the store Onomatopoeia - “A few cars hissing past” Meaning: The speaker emphasize that the cars are making a hissing-like sound Personification/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 dry Symbolism – “I was making a fire in my hands” Meaning: This symbolizes the spark of the flame of a new relationship beginning Metaphor – The orange’s indirect comparison to sun Meaning: The orange seems to lighten the mood and the love between the two, during a cold and gloomy day
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 love Its structure as well as its meaning What you enjoyed about it What you did not like about it Words: words Due Date: February/March ________. Warning: Please avoid plagiarizing, otherwise you risk getting a zero Task: Rough Work _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________
17-20 The 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 The 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. It conforms to MLA format The 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. 1-6 The assignment is below the word limit. It does not really answer the question. Very limited knowledge and understanding of the text is displayed. There are no supportive references to the text. There is a very poor use of English with extensive errors in SPG. It does not conform to MLA format. Work awarded marks in the bands below will display most of the accompanying criteria Comments: _____________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________