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Step 1It is a nice day as the narrator and her Aunt eat oysters with the money her Aunt won on the slot machine. The narrator is astounded by the oysters and their shells, as her Aunt tells her to dig in. She dines on the oyster and realizes this is a taste she must have again.Step 21. "Sweet meat" is a rhyme. 2. "wet and private as a cheek’s other side" is a simile.3. "Tía" is Spanish for Aunt.4. "In every split shell, the coast’s silhouette: / bodies floating in what was once their home." mood change.5. "glistening valves / wet and private" is imagery. 6. "The day upturned, flooded with sunlight" is personification.Step 31. The title "The Gulf, 1987" makes me think this takes place in a state on the Gulf of Mexico.2. "Tía spending her winnings from the slots" In Louisiana, gambling is legal and on the Gulf of Mexico.3. "bodies floating in what was once their home." Possibly about a storm that took place.Step 41. "bodies floating in what was once their home." Possibly about a storm that took place. This is significant because I think this story could be related to a terrible storm.