Thesis Statements

Thesis Statements - English 118W Fall 2007 Prof. Hearn...

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English 118W Fall 2007 Prof. Hearn Thesis Statements for Literature Essays A thesis statement: is a generalization preparing readers for the supporting details that will follow; ordinarily appears in the opening paragraph of an essay; points both writer and reader in a definite direction; and usually contains a key word or controlling idea that limits its focus. An effective thesis statement should be: a generalization, not a fact; limited, not too broad; and sharply focused, not too vague. In a literature essay, the thesis should, moreover, articulate an interpretation: not an opinion or evaluation; not a fact; not a summary. Opinion/Evaluation: “ Much Ado About Nothing is an entertaining play.” Interpretation: “The appeal of Much Ado lies in its interweaving of plotlines and its construction of suspense about the lovers’ ultimate unions and the villain’s exposure.” Fact: “ Much Ado About Nothing is set in the Italian town of Messina.” Interpretation: “The Italian setting of
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