Samples of Effective Thesis Statements for Literary Research Papers

Samples of Effective Thesis Statements for Literary Research Papers

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Samples of Effective Thesis Statements for Literary Research Papers For a statement to be a thesis, it must have what writers call an “argumentative edge”: something that must be rhetorically argued (something that must be proved and/or explained to the reading audience). One way to guarantee that you have a true thesis for your research paper is to remember that the purpose of a thesis is to tell the reader basically two things: WHAT and WHY. It is the essential preview statement in an essay’s introduction of what the writer is going to do AND why he/she is going to do it. Another way of understanding the two components of a thesis statement is in the relationship between the what and the why: the why validates the what. Many of the preliminary thesis statements that I see only state the what . Without the why there is no purpose/value in the what. Without the why your reader is going to say “so?” In his essay “Self-Reliance,” Emerson explores what hinders man’s pursuit of individuality to suggest the means for removing obstacles to becoming self-reliant. [ paper will
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2010 for the course ENGLISH 204 taught by Professor Salsbury during the Spring '06 term at Campbell.

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Samples of Effective Thesis Statements for Literary Research Papers

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