Thursday, March 22, 2012

Buried Onions (Lit Anal #2)

Gary Soto's "Buried Onions" is the story of a protagonist who seeks to rise above the low expectations of his peers. Soto begins the novel describing Eddie, who is nineteen years old, is living alone in the same area he has grown up in, making ends meet by performing odd jobs. Although he initially was enrolled in a local community college, he has dropped out. The lack of focus makes him susceptible to the demands of the mother of his cousin who gets killed. When confronted with this type of internal conflict, Eddie isn't able to turn to his mother, who has never provided emotional, mental, and physical support. This makes it difficult for Eddie to navigate a world where there is constant violence and temptation to pursue an alternative path. By the end of "Buried Onions," Eddie's desire to leave his surroundings motivates him to join the military for the guidance he has never received.

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