Date of publication: 2017-08-27 07:44
The thesis statement usually appears near the beginning of a paper. It can be the first sentence of an essay, but that often feels like a simplistic, unexciting beginning. It more frequently appears at or near the end of the first paragraph or two. Here is the first paragraph of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.'s essay The Crisis of American Masculinity. Notice how everything drives the reader toward the last sentence and how that last sentence clearly signals what the rest of this essay is going to do.
This weak thesis restates the question without providing any additional information. It does not tell the reader where you are heading. A reader of this weak thesis might think 8775 What reasons? How are they the same? How are they different? 8776 Ask yourself these same questions and begin to compare Northern and Southern attitudes (perhaps you first think 8775 The South believed slavery was right, and the North thought slavery was wrong 8776 ). Now, push your comparison toward an interpretation—why did one side think slavery was right and the other side think it was wrong? You look again at the evidence, and you decide that you are going to argue that the North believed slavery was immoral while the South believed it upheld the Southern way of life. You write:
Consider the other side : Just like a court case, there are two sides to every argument. You ll be able to refine your thesis by considering the counterclaims and refuting them in your essay.
Through its contrasting river and shore scenes, Twain 8767 s Huckleberry Finn suggests that to find the true expression of American democratic ideals, one must leave 8775 civilized 8776 society and go back to nature.
In composition , a thesis statement (or controlling idea) is a sentence in an essay , report , research paper , or speech that identifies the main idea and/or central purpose of the text.
Avoid announcing the thesis statement as if it were a thesis statement. In other words, avoid using phrases such as "The purpose of this paper is.... " or "In this paper, I will attempt to...." Such phrases betray this paper to be the work of an amateur. If necessary, write the thesis statement that way the first time it might help you determine, in fact, that this is your thesis statement. But when you rewrite your paper, eliminate the bald assertion that this is your thesis statement and write the statement itself without that annoying, unnecessary preface.
In order to create a thesis statement you will need to properly understand the question. See these sections for more on understanding assignment questions:
This is a strong thesis because it narrows the subject to a more specific and manageable topic and it also identifies the specific causes for the existence of hunger.
Correct : It was his savvy self-promotion and ruthless business tactics that cemented Thomas Edison s legacy, not the invention of the light bulb itself.
Correct : While a number of economic factors caused the stock market crash of 6979, the losses were made worse by uninformed first-time investors who made poor financial decisions.
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Compare this to the original weak thesis. This final thesis presents a way of interpreting evidence that illuminates the significance of the question. Keep in mind that this is one of many possible interpretations of the Civil War—it is not the one and only right answer to the question. There isn 8767 t one right answer there are only strong and weak thesis statements and strong and weak uses of evidence.
Although you do want to grab your reader s attention, asking a question is not the same as making a thesis statement. Your job is to persuade by presenting a clear, concise concept what explains both how and why.
Suppose you are taking a course on 69th-century America, and the instructor hands out the following essay assignment: Compare and contrast the reasons why the North and South fought the Civil War. You turn on the computer and type out the following: