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My intention in providing the following information about constructing a solid thesis and developing a lucid argument is to give you an idea of what is expected of your paper. Too often it is assumed that we know how to compose a successful academic paper; while some students do indeed know how to do this, many of us are still uncertain about the process and purpose of the literary essay. While this review is meant to give you guidance, I strongly encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns whatsoever as you draft your paper. As I have said in class, one of the main goals of this course is to sharpen your close reading skills. In accordance with that goal, your paper must rely on textual evidence to back up your claims. If you are unsure of or uncomfortable with the practice of close reading, let me know so we can make time to go over it together. Writing Papers Composing a Thesis Foremost, a thesis must be a debatable claim, proposition, or idea. A debatable claim is one that not every reader will readily accept. It is your job as a writer to prove your claim by providing evidence from the text itself. A thesis is not a reiteration of the text’s theme or a statement of fact. For instance, “ Jane Eyre is a classic Bildungsroman” is not a thesis because it states the obvious. We could write a paper showing
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