Phoeniz, Arizona

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Anne Arundel Community College
English 111
Molly Dean
Essay #3 Outline

Families, Parents, and Children
Specific Purpose Idea: To inform my audience how the story “This is What It Means to say Phoenix, Arizona” relates to the topic of families, parents and children.

Central Idea: Broken relationship between the father and son in this story.

THESIS: Phoenix, Arizona is not only a place but it is also the name of a bird in Egyptian mythology that rises from its very own ashes and becomes reborn into a brand new life, making this story a regeneration. Through symbolism, imagery and the language the author uses in “What it means to say Phoenix, Arizona” displays how the death of a loved one, another relationship that was lost in rekindled.

TYPE: In the beginning of the story, Victor had suddenly just lost his job, his father whom he wasn’t close with died of a heart attack but little does Victor know, he will soon be the one in a great deal with pain but with Victor is quickly uplifted by a former friend who brings hope and relief (to his life) while taking on this journey to Phoenix, Arizona.

Examples of symbolism: Thomas Builds-the-Fire: his name actually has a lot of meaning behind it. Thomas Builds-the-Fire has a lot of dreams and visions when it comes to unrealistic things and he has a lot of passion which Victor does not have. “Phoenix” is an old myth that indicates a bird rises from its own ashes and becomes reborn. (The title)

The jackrabbit. Thomas and Victor both come to an agreement as to the why the jackrabbit jumped out in-front of the car, to commit suicide. Now, no one in this story committed suicide but it symbolizes Victor and his father. Both Victor and his father lived a life that they never imagined and never was truly happy. They both felt the need to get out and better themselves but always refused and stayed right…...

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