Gary Soto and the Concert .
In “The Concert,” a narrative by Gary Soto, diction and details are used to .
portray the two tones of carefree observance and respectful enlightenment. These .
two tones create the author’s purpose for the story. The reader can infer that the .
poor are just as good and can appreciate the same things as the rich. .
The first tone is shown in the first paragraph. The author shows this tone .
through diction. The fact that Gary Soto and his wife “walked from one end of .
town to the other in search of out-of-the-way shops” gives the reader the idea that .
the couple was not in a hurry and was just observing the town in a blithe .
manner. Many other people probably do the same thing on their vacations. The .
first tone is demonstrated in the next paragraph through diction once again. Gary .
Soto and his wife were “laughing that [they] were going to end up on the roof .
with the pigeons.” This also demonstrates how carefree the couple is. If Gary .
and his wife weren’t in a happy mood, they would be upset about their seats. .
These two examples give the reader reason to believe that the tone is carefree .
The second tone is realized in the fifth paragraph. This paragraph is filled .
with imagery and details that convey the tone of respectful enlightenment. The .
author became enlightened when he looked at the poor people’s faces that “held .
an instinctive awareness of the music.” “[He] had never known the poor to .
appreciate such music.” This situation is like when someone is in school or the .
work force for a long time doing the same task and he or she has no idea how to .
do the task. Then, somehow a lightbulb pops on in their head and they .
understand how to do the task. Another example of the author’s enlightenment .
comes at the end of the paragraph. “The poor sat on the fifth tier on painted .
boxes, bodies leaning in the direction of the music that couldn’t arrive fast enough .