A thesis statement is your argument on a particular subject matter


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  • A thesis statement is your argument on a particular subject matter.

  • A thesis statement tells the reader how you will INTERPRET the subject matter under discussion.

  • It tells the reader what to expect from the rest of the paper

  • Is usually 1-2 sentences somewhere in the first paragraph of your paper.

  • To Summarize: a thesis provides a controlling idea that has universal implications through the use of an aspect of the novel and is thought provoking or controversial.



1. Takes a stand. The thesis statement offers an ARGUMENT, not an observation.

  • 1. Takes a stand. The thesis statement offers an ARGUMENT, not an observation.

    • A Thousand Splendid Suns was written 2007 and looks at life in Afghanistan.
  • 2. The argument can be defended by textual support.

    • Rasheed’s violent nature is a result of his latent homosexuality.


3. The argument isn’t evident or obvious. It offers a creative perspective on the subject matter.

  • 3. The argument isn’t evident or obvious. It offers a creative perspective on the subject matter.

  • 4. Answers the ‘SO WHAT’ question—who, why, how??? Your thesis must justify why something is important and worthy of several pages of discussion.



5. Avoids vague vocabulary, gross generalizations, and judgment/opinion words.

  • 5. Avoids vague vocabulary, gross generalizations, and judgment/opinion words.

        • Good, bad, interesting, unique, perfect, terrible, wrong.
      • A Thousand Splendid Suns displays the evil nature of all men.
  • 6. Works with a narrow topic.

      • A Thousand Splendid Suns shows the importance of female friendships, while also chronicling the suffering of humanity and cautioning against the evils of men.


Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is the most important American novel to ever be written.

  • Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is the most important American novel to ever be written.



The title character in The Great Gatsby creates a new personal identity.

  • The title character in The Great Gatsby creates a new personal identity.



Edgar Allen Poe’s work was affected greatly by the current events of his life, covering his family life, his childhood, and his career; these events changed his style and subject of his works.

  • Edgar Allen Poe’s work was affected greatly by the current events of his life, covering his family life, his childhood, and his career; these events changed his style and subject of his works.



In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield’s attire symbolically characterizes him as an individual who “hunts” for truth.

  • In the novel, The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield’s attire symbolically characterizes him as an individual who “hunts” for truth.



The Sun Also Rises displays how masculinity can change depending whether who or where you are.

  • The Sun Also Rises displays how masculinity can change depending whether who or where you are.




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