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..yourself a genuine, difficult question about the topic (usually a “how” or “why” question), and state your response, even if you are not sure why you want to give that answer.
Bad thesis: Lily Bart experiences the constraints of many social conventions in . What does she do with these social conventions, and how does she respond to them? ] Better thesis: Lily Bart seeks to escape from the social conventions of her class in , but her competing desires for a place in Selden's "republic of the spirit" and in the social world of New York cause her to gamble away her chances for a place in either world.
[You could then mention the specific scenes that you will discuss.] 2.
A thesis statement presents the position that you intend to argue within your paper, whereas a research question indicates your direction of inquiry in your research.
In general, thesis statements are provided in course-level papers, whereas research questions are used in major research papers or theses.Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Mark Twain’s Adventure’s of Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave “civilized” society and go back to nature.Keep in mind that thesis statements vary depending on the purpose of the assignment (or type of essay), and also by discipline.Your response may very well be a workable thesis, and the pursuit of proving that answer may reveal to you more about your sources of evidence....think of a strong statement or observation you have made about the subject beginning with the words “In this essay, I will...” Then ask yourself why this observation is important, or “So What?Your goal will be to communicate in a straight-forward manner and with a clear purpose." History: “In historical writing, a thesis explains the words or deeds of people in the past.It shows cause and effect; it answers the question why? A thesis must change a reader’s mind to be of value.[Note: Sometimes thesis statements are more than one sentence long.] 4. Topic sentences use keywords or phrases from the thesis to indicate which part of the thesis will be discussed. When you're writing about a piece of literature, it's easy to fall into the habit of telling the plot of the story and then adding a sentence of analysis, but such an approach leaves the reader wondering what the point of the paragraph is supposed to be; it also doesn't leave you sufficient room to analyze the story fully.Statements such as "In this essay I will discuss " or "I will compare two stories in this paper" or "I was interested in Marji's relationship with God, so I thought I would talk about it in this essay" are not thesis statements and are unnecessary, since mentioning the stories in the introduction already tells the reader this. A topic sentence is usually the first sentence of the paragraph, not the last sentence of the previous paragraph. These "narrative" topic sentences don't provide enough information about your analysis and the points you're making.Please see the resources below for more information on writing thesis statements: To search for additional information, please visit Write Answers and search the FAQs.If you're a RRU student, you can also use the Write Answers contact form to send your questions directly to the Writing Centre.