Camaraderie In "This Is What It Means To Say Phoenix"

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Thesis: In, This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, Victor's father's death leads to the many stories about their childhood that makes them reconsider their friendship.

I. Mother Theresa once said, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak but there are truly endless."

A. As Victor and Thomas approached the door to the trailer Victor says, "I never told you I was sorry for beating you up that one time."

B. He does not say he wants them to be best friends again but he is showing how he cares about Thomas' feelings.

II. The story about Spokane tells why Thomas goes along on the trip and why he liked Victor's father.

A. Thomas explains, "He said he wouldn't tell anybody... But he said I had to take care of you as part of the deal."

B. It's ironic how one good deed done so far along in the past is still recompensed in a time of need.

III. Anonymously once said, "Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceed your need for each other."

A. The last story, "And your father will rise like a salmon, jump over the bridge, over me and find his way home," ends with an indifferent friendship.

B. They don't need to talk to one another to know and understand they are still friends.


In, This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona, two friends, Victor and Thomas, reminisce on childhood stories as they travel to Phoenix, Arizona. When Victor hears of his father's untimely death he immediately needs to retrieve his father's belongings in Phoenix. The only problem is Victor does not have any means to get there. Fortunately his childhood friend, whom he no longer speaks to, offers to lend him the money. Although there is a catch to Thomas' offer; Victor must take Thomas with him, thus opening a once closed door to their friendship. The loss of Victor's father is unfortunate; his death leads to the many stories about their childhood that makes them reconsider their friendship.

Mother Theresa once said, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak but there are truly endless." As Victor and Thomas approached the...

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