“Amigo Brothers” Plot Analysis Essay Guide Use the guide below to help you guide your rough draft. THE ITALICIZED sentences are ones you can/should use (copy) into your essay. You may write notes below to brain storm, then begin your rough draft on lined paper.
Introduction Paragraph: (3-5 sentences) Thesis: Piri Thomas’ story “Amigo Brothers” is a story about ___________________________
(pick either: friendship, self-challenge, or competition).
Examples can be found in Felix and Antonio’s actions during their many conflicts within the story. (List the three areas/conflicts of the story and their page # you will use to explain your thesis)
Felix and Antonio’s actions during keys points in the story show the reader that conflict is necessary to (insert thesis area here: friendship/challenge one-self/win a competition)
Paragraph 2 (4-6 sentences): Topic A
Thomas first introduces the idea of (Thesis topic) in the scene where ______ (list the scene named as A above. Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen
Paragraph 3 (4-6 sentences): Topic B
Another example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where _____(list the scene named as B above.
A final example of (Thesis topic) is the scene where _____ (list the scene named as C above.
Continue to describe the aspects of this scene that relate to the topic you have chosen
Conclusion: Restatement of thesis and wrap-up (2-4 sentences) The idea of (thesis topic) is easily seen in Thomas Piri’s story “Amigo Brothers.” The many scenes including(List your three conflict areas), are just a few examples of this. Thomas’ story is definitely a story that (add your personal thought or feeling about the story WITHOUT using “I” to end your essay)
Put Italics “ “ around any sentences you take directly from the text with the page number after it. Example: “It’s the hardest thing in the world to frighten a mongoose, because he is eaten up from nose to tail with curiosity.” (p. 17)