Donnie Brasco Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Joseph D. Pistone
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Essay Topic 1

Describe the overall setting and time period for Pistone's undercover operation. What was America like during this time period? What was New York like during this time period? How important are the time period and setting to the attitudes and issues of Pistone and those around him?

Essay Topic 2

Create a brief character study of Joe Pistone. What did he look like? What were his positive personality traits? What were some of his negative characteristics? What were his hopes and fears? What were his primary motivations during his life?

Essay Topic 3

Greed takes on an almost human persona in this book. What was the source of the greed? How pervasive was the greed among the Mafiosi? What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.

Essay Topic 4

Joe Pistone was no stranger to hurt and pain. From what you know of Johnny's life...

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