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USING THESIS STATEMENTS When you are asked to write an essay that creates an argument, your reader will expect a clear statement of your position. Typically, this summary statement comes in the first paragraph of the essay, though there is no rigid rule about position. Here are some characteristics of good thesis statements, with samples of useful and inadequate ones. Note that the better examples substitute specific argumentative points for sweeping general statements; they indicate a theoretical basis and promise substantial support. (See Myths About Thesis Statements [over] for a discussion of times not to organize your writing around thesis statements.) 1. It makes a definite and limited assertion that needs to be explained and supported by further discussion. trite, irrelevant Shakespeare was the world's greatest playwright. intriguing The last scene in Midsummer Night's Dream adds a political dimension to the comedy ending by incorporating subtle linguistic and theatrical references to Elizabeth's position as queen. 2.
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