Amigo Brothers: Summary & Themes

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  • 0:04 Amigo Brothers
  • 0:23 Story Summary
  • 1:10 Friendship Theme
  • 1:44 Competition Theme
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Instructor: Nora Jarvis

Nora has a Master's degree in teaching, and has taught a variety of elementary grades.

'Amigo Brothers' by Piri Thomas is the story of two best friends who have to face off in a boxing competition. This lesson provides a summary and discusses the themes of friendship and competition in the story.

Amigo Brothers

The boys of Amigo Brothers, Antonio and Felix, are skilled and passionate, or intensely enthusiastic, boxers. What happens when they have to face each other in the biggest fight of their lives? They must choose between their friendship and the competition, two themes of the story, and decide which is more important to them.

Story Summary

Antonio and Felix are amazing boxers and just so happen to be best friends as well. They've trained together for years and developed different fighting styles. The Golden Gloves Championship Tournament is approaching, and both boys are trying to qualify for the competition. In order to go to the Golden Gloves, they must fight each other to make it to the next stage. Whoever wins will compete in the championship.

The best friends promise that they will treat each other as opponents but won't let this fight get in the way of their friendship. Of course, that proves difficult in reality. During the fight, Antonio and Felix fight hard. They are each determined, and they even keep fighting after the referee rings the bell. The boys realize that this fight is hurting their friendship and decide to leave the ring together instead of fighting to the end.

Friendship Theme

The title, Amigo Brothers, shows how important friendship is in the book. 'Amigo' means 'friend' in Spanish, and Antonio and Felix take their friendship very seriously, although the two boys are very different. Boxing has always been a way for the two boys to connect. They grew up training with each other and know their best friend's strengths and weaknesses.

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