Buried Onions

by Gary Soto
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Buried Onions

The title of the book is a metaphor: Eddie imagines that a giant onion is buried beneath his neighborhood. This onion, he believes, brings sadness and pain to the people, causing them to cry. The...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2008, 9:07 am (UTC)

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The main conflict Eddie faces is one of the character vs. society variety. He is truly trying to make his living in a world where it seems that his chance of survival, let alone success, seems...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019, 3:26 am (UTC)

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The first copyright listed for Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions is 1996 and that is precisely the year in which the protagonist Eddie goes through his travails in the barrio of southeast Fresno....

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 10:12 pm (UTC)

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The tough choice that Eddie has to make in Buried Onions is one between the world of what is and the world of what might be. For Eddie and the limited options that his world of Fresno presents,...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2014, 12:44 am (UTC)

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Some of the major themes in this novel include racism, family, and hardship. As a Mexican youth living in the violence and poverty of the barrio, Eddie is well acquainted with the racist attitudes...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010, 6:52 am (UTC)

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José is Eddie's high school friend who comes home to Fresno on leave from the Marines. In Chapter Four, he informs Eddie that he is soon to be shipped out to a "top secret" destination. He offers...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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In Buried Onions, author Gary Soto sets up the ironically named Angel as the antagonist to the novel's protagonist, Eddie. Referred to as a "gangster" by Eddie, Angel lives in the neighborhood and...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018, 11:04 pm (UTC)

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Early in chapter 4 of Buried Onions, Norma and Eddie have a conversation about the stabbing of Jesús. She tells Eddie that everyone in their community believes that Angel stabbed Jesús over a...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2020, 3:13 am (UTC)

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Jesús is Eddie's cousin, and like many young men in this part of the world, he dies a tragic, violent death. What's especially tragic about Jesús' death is that it comes at a time when he seems to...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2019, 6:49 am (UTC)

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Eddie is uncertain about the existence of heaven and contemplates that if it did exist in form of a dream, he would get an opportunity to meet his loved ones who died before him. However, he is...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2018, 7:30 am (UTC)

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Eddie goes to Angel's house because he now believes that Angel killed his cousin Jesus. Although Angel had been with Jesus when he died, Eddie had not suspected him at first. Over time, however,...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010, 4:42 am (UTC)

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In Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions, the character of José represents the difficulty of breaking away from the stifling grip of poverty and violence which pervades life in the Mexican-American...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016, 11:19 pm (UTC)

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The themes of the widespread sorrow that the characters in the novel experience and the determinism that marks their fates link the title Buried Onions to its narrative. Significantly, Buried...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2022, 3:32 pm (UTC)

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Eddie mentions his father, two uncles, mother, godmother and two aunts during the course of the novel. In chapter one he says that his father and two uncles are dead along with a good friend Juan...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016, 10:41 pm (UTC)

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Eddie's aunt, Tia Delores, leaves him tortillas wrapped in a towel on his front porch. They are still warm, and Eddie crushes them to his body. Eddie's Aunt Delores leaves the tortillas on his...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2017, 6:06 pm (UTC)

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In the novel, Eddie lives in a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Southeast Fresno, California. The neighborhood is surrounded by sagging fences and poorly painted houses. The general atmosphere...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016, 1:07 pm (UTC)

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Eddie is the protagonist of Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions. Eddie is the victim of the realities of his lower class existence in the Mexican-American barrio of Fresno. He is the victim of crime in...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 11:07 pm (UTC)

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The title of the book has several meanings, but the major meaning is that given by Eddie, the young college-dropout who returns to the California barrio of his birth. Eddie can see how the people...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2013, 10:12 pm (UTC)

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The author does not tell us what Eddie's future is; the story ends on an ambiguous note, and the only thing that is certain is that Eddie's life will continue to be hard. In the last paragraph of...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2010, 2:20 pm (UTC)

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At the end of chapter 9, Eddie asks his godmother Nina to take him to the naval recruitment office. "I had to get out of town and signing up was the only way." He decides not to see his mother...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2019, 8:33 pm (UTC)

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Water is a symbol of hope, movement, change, and rebirth in the novel Buried Onions. It is described as cold, a contrast to the "heat," or anger, of the barrio. In chapter 7, Coach takes Eddie and...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2022, 9:24 pm (UTC)

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Gary Soto’s background can be seen in plot, themes, and characters. Soto is Mexican American, and like Eddie in the story, lost his father and was raised by his mother. Soto, too, like Eddie, grew...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2007, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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At the end of Chapter 6, Mr. Stiles turns Eddie in to the police. Eddie had worked for Mr. Stiles a few times, and had earned his trust. One day, Mr. Stiles had given him the keys to his truck and...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010, 3:35 pm (UTC)

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According to the Enotes Guide to Literary Terms, a metaphor is "a word or phrase that is applied to a person, idea, or object to which it is not literally applicable...it is an implied...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2008, 5:48 am (UTC)

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Eddie relates the story of how his cousin Jesús was murdered in a nightclub bathroom by a young man wearing yellow shoes. It would appear that Jesús said something about the shoes and the young man...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2018, 9:00 am (UTC)

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One of the literary devices Gary Soto uses in Buried Onions is metaphors. Please see the links below for examples from the book.

Latest answer posted May 12, 2009, 2:13 am (UTC)

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Eddie, the protagonist and narrator in Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions, is searching for something. Above all, he is looking to separate himself from the poverty and violence of the neighborhood in...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2016, 12:49 am (UTC)

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Mr. Stiles sets up Eddie to be arrested by saying he can have his job back. Earlier in the book Eddie used Mr. Stiles's truck to go the dump but stopped at his apartment and the truck was stolen....

Latest answer posted April 16, 2016, 11:47 pm (UTC)

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Coach has a tattoo on his back that says, "The Good Shepherd." The phrase is taken from the Gospel of John 10:11-18, where Jesus says: I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2017, 11:22 am (UTC)

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The rising action of a story is everything that occurs after the introduction up until the conflict and climax of a story. It sets up the events of the story and develops the characters' actions...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019, 5:00 pm (UTC)

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Eddie has just got into a fight with Angel. It's a pretty nasty affair, with no quarter given and none asked for. What makes the fight particularly brutal is that Eddie is outnumbered; he's not...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021, 8:26 am (UTC)

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Eddie decides that Samuel and his friends are dangerous because there is no evidence that they are high. He says, "Samuel was standing twenty feet in front of me with two of his homeboys, one...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2010, 9:31 am (UTC)

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Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions is told from the first person perspective of Eddie, the novel's protagonist. Eddie describes a few weeks of his life in the Mexican barrio of southeast Fresno and...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016, 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Set in the poverty-stricken, predominantly Mexican American neighborhoods on the south side of Fresno, California, Soto's Buried Onions tells the story of a young man named Eddie, who spends every...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2022, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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Buried Onions is Gary Soto's novel about a young man coming of age in the Mexican-American ghetto of Fresno, California. Soto introduces Eddie, the first-person protagonist, who uses the imagery of...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2018, 5:34 pm (UTC)

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Eddie is the protagonist of Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions. Eddie has recently dropped out of junior college and is seeking to make a living painting numbers on the curbs of houses in the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016, 4:35 pm (UTC)

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In Gary Soto’s Buried Onions, the protagonist, Eddie, is actually the narrator of the story. Let’s look at how this works and how it contributes to the story’s themes. A first-person narrator often...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2022, 3:10 am (UTC)

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Lupe is one of the boys who grew up with Eddie in the barrio. As Eddie says, Coach knew "all of us glue sniffers - Angel, Lupe, dead Jesus, and me - since we were on bikes with training wheels. He...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2010, 1:42 pm (UTC)

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Eddie is bored out of his mind studying air conditioning at Fresno City College. It seemed like a good idea at the time—a chance to learn some vocational skills that might have given him the...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2018, 8:23 am (UTC)

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In Chapter Seven of Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions, Eddie, José and Coach escape the blistering heat of summertime Fresno and travel to a creek outside of the city. When Coach suggests that they...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2016, 8:56 pm (UTC)

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Eddie realizes by the end of his narrative that he cannot stay in Fresno and expect to find a future. It becomes clear Fresno is filled with too much pain and too much weight in Eddie's past....

Latest answer posted February 16, 2014, 7:46 pm (UTC)

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Eddie must apologize to Mr. Stile's neighbors because of, essentially, racism against Eddie. Eddie is accused of saying "bitch" by the neighbor's young son, when in reality he said "birch." In the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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One day, Eddie, José and Coach escape the sweltering summer heat of Fresno and go to what Coach claims is a "secret creek" to go fishing. It is a break from the poverty and antagonism which each...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2016, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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Coach actually tells José and Eddie that they are they best kids to have come out of the Holmes recreation center, where Coach works. Coach is a mentor to Eddie, someone that Eddie can go to and...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019, 4:02 am (UTC)

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The main contrast that Gary Soto presents between these two young Mexican American male characters is the choices they make about their adult lives. Growing up in the same environment in Fresno,...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019, 10:23 pm (UTC)

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Eddie writes the little note to Mr. Stiles in Chapter 3 of Buried Onions. At this point in the story, Eddie's starting to think about what he sees as the advantages of a life of crime. No matter...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018, 11:23 am (UTC)

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Eddie’s experiences are both similar and different from those of a typical teenager. The teenage years are troubled by issues with friendships, family, work, and relationships. There are the...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2019, 3:05 am (UTC)

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Some of Eddie's weaknesses in Chapters 5 and 6 include: He has a negative attitude towards school. He tells Coach, "It's stupid." He takes ten dollars his nina has meant to give as a donation to...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010, 6:23 am (UTC)

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In a piece of literature, a motif is closely related to the theme of the work. A motif is an image, event or action which helps to support the theme. In Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions, the most...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2016, 12:18 am (UTC)

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Mr. Stiles gives Eddie a job digging holes and doing some landscape gardening. Not everything goes according to plan, however, as Mr. Stiles's truck is stolen while Eddie stops by at his apartment...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 10:44 am (UTC)

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