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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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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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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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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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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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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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In Chapter 5, Eddie, trying to escape Samuel and his band of cholitos, runs to his nina's house. His nina asks him to take her dog Queenie to the pound to be put to sleep. Eddie keeps half the...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2008 3:03 am UTC

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After Mr. Stiles's truck is stolen from Eddie while he stops over at his apartment in southeast Fresno, it is evident that Eddie cannot make it living in his old neighborhood and must eventually...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016 10:23 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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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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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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"Buried Onions" is a coming of age novel; the main character is Eddie. In Chapter One, Eddie gives the reader details about the neighborhood that he lives in, a poor area that is defined...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2008 5:46 am UTC

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Eddie, the protagonist in Buried Onions, does odd jobs for Mr. Stiles. Trying to support himself on his own, Eddie had gone to the north side of Fresno where the more affluent white people live, in...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010 5:06 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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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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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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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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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 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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Trust plays an important role in Eddie's relationship with a number of other characters; actually, what is more significant is that there is a lack of trust. Eddie's relationship with Angel is...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2010 2:46 am 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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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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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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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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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, 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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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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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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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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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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Gary Soto never explicitly answers this question nor does the reader ever find out if Angel killed Juan, as Norma suggests in the scene at her pool. It is all just "chisme" or gossip among those in...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2016 10:48 pm UTC

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Buried Onions explores the determination of nineteen year old Eddie to defy his surroundings and make a better life for himself than that which otherwise awaits him - crime, violence and...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2013 5:58 pm 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 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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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 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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Given how Eddie's setting in Fresno is constructed, the navy is a desirable alternative. Anything would be better than what Eddie experiences in Fresno. Yet, in seeing drawbacks to the navy, one...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2014 10:20 am 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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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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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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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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Eddie's story is that of the traditional American Dream in which one can rise from poverty to success and a much better quality of life. Another Mexican American who rose from a neighborhood where...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2014 8:30 pm UTC

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Eddie does not really compare himself to an air conditioner in Chapter 1, although an air conditioner does play a part in the development of the narrative in the chapter. Eddie is canvassing the...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 3:52 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 is the main character in Gary Soto's novel Buried Onions. At the end of the book, after dropping out of college and failing in his attempt to hold down a productive job, Eddie joins the navy...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 6:58 pm UTC

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Angel is described as a bully and a thief by Eddie. He also believes that Angel might have stolen Mr. Stiles's truck when Eddie parks it outside his apartment after making a run to the dump for Mr....

Latest answer posted March 24, 2016 6:05 pm UTC

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