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Unformatted text preview: Constructing a Strong Thesis The difference between a weak and strong thesis has a lot to do with your willingness to engage with your subject manner. Rather than just reporting and summarizing, let your stance be an interactive one – one in which you pose a question, seek to answer it, and then convince the reader of your point of view. In a history paper, you can simply take the easy route: summarize historical events written about by others or you can postulate why historical events took place. Which thesis sounds more interesting? a) an account of the highlights of the Vietnam War or b) an explanation of how the United States happened to get into it, why we stayed in it, and what its effects have been on us. Consider a paper on a work of literature. Compare these two approaches to “Little Red Riding Hood.” a) A description of the path Little Red Riding Hood took to get from her house to her grandmother’s and the horrific death of the girl and her grandmother. or b) the significance of her straying from the path, eating red berries, picking flowers. Little Red Riding Hood’s failure to heed her mother’s advice to not stray from the path announces her /independent spirit/distracted nature/her naiveté. In other words, analyzing the significance of this moment can offer evidence for a paper about this tale’s message about the price your pay for independence or the need for girls (and women) to stay put and not wander from home. girls (and women) to stay put and not wander from home....
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course AMER 100W taught by Professor Kevra during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.
- Spring '08