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Developing Your Thesis

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  • Writing a Thesis Sentence:  An Introduction
  • Developing a Thesis
  • Alternatives to the Thesis Sentence
  • Will This Thesis Sentence Make the Grade? (A Check List)
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Writing a Thesis Sentence: An Introduction

Few sentences in your paper will vex you as much as the thesis sentence. And with good reason: the thesis sentence is typically that one sentence in the paper with the potential to assert, control, and structure the entire argument. Without a strong, thoughtful thesis or claim, a paper might seem unfocused.

Complicating the matter further is that different disciplines have different notions of what constitutes a good thesis sentence. Sometimes you’ll encounter differences not only from discipline to discipline, but also from course to course.  One of your professors might frown on a thesis sentence that announces your process:  “This paper will argue X by asserting A, B, and C.” Another professor might prefer this approach. 

So what makes a good thesis sentence?

Despite the differences from discipline to discipline and from course to course, a good thesis will generally have the following characteristics:

A good thesis sentence will make a claim.

A good thesis rarely turns an intellectual problem into a black & white, “either/or” proposition that the writer will then defend. Rather, a good thesis offers a nuanced and interesting perspective that the writer can develop via careful analysis. This perspective must be more than an observation.  For example, “America is violent” is an observation. “Americans are violent because they are fearful” (the position that Michael Moore takes in Bowling for Columbine) is an argument. Why? Because it posits a perspective. It makes a claim.

Put another way, a good thesis sentence will inspire (rather than quiet) other points of view. One might argue that America is violent because of its violent entertainment industry. Or because of the proliferation of guns. Or because of the disintegration of the family. In short, if your thesis is positing something that no one can (or would wish to) argue with, then it’s not a good thesis.

A good thesis sentence will define the scope of your argument.

Your thesis sentence determines what you will discuss in your paper. It also determines what you won’t discuss. Every paragraph in your paper exists in order to support your thesis and its claim. Accordingly, if one of your paragraphs seems irrelevant, you have two choices: get rid of the paragraph, or rewrite your thesis so that it is complex enough to embrace the whole of your argument. 

A good thesis will shape your argument.

A good thesis not only signals to the reader what claim you’re making, but also suggests how your argument will be presented. In other words, your thesis sentence should suggest the structure or shape of your argument to your reader.

Say, for example, that you are going to argue that “American fearfulness expresses itself in two curious ways: A and B.” In this case, the reader understands that you are going to have two important points to cover, and that these points will appear in a certain order. If you suggest a particular ordering principle in your thesis and then abandon it, the reader could become confused.

Developing A Thesis:  Sample Methods

Professors employ a variety of methods to teach students how to compose good thesis sentences.  Your professor has likely demonstrated several methods to you.  Here we offer sample methods employed by three instructors from the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric:  John Donaghy, Sara Biggs Chaney, and Karen Gocsik.  Please note that these methods do not represent a program-wide sense of the thesis and how it should be taught or practiced.  In fact, no such program-wide method exists.  Instructors in the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric believe that there are many approaches which can help students compose a good thesis.  We offer you these examples with the hope that you will think about their underlying principles and consider how these principles might transfer to the work that you’re doing in your classrooms. 

JOHN DONAGHY: FINDING PATTERNS, SOLVING PROBLEMS

Professor John Donaghy’s method is founded on the understanding that a good thesis comes from good analysis. In his view, analysis is a complicated process that requires readers to break down a text (event, object, or phenomenon) into parts, discovering patterns among the parts, and coming up with a theory for why these patterns exist. Professor Donaghy believes that students are initially afraid of analysis. He’s puzzled by this fear. In fact, Professor Donaghy argues, we are analyzing all the time: life presents us with data that we are continually sorting by finding patterns, creating categories, and making meaning. Analysis is necessary for something as simple as crossing the street. Students can be encouraged to see that they already possess analytical skills that can be transferred to writing papers.

To illustrate how analysis brings us to the development of a thesis, Professor Donaghy suggests three steps regarding a simple reading of the following Gary Snyder poem, “Pine tree tops:”

In the blue night
frost haze, the sky glows
with the moon
pine tree tops
bend snow-blue, fade
into sky, frost, starlight.
The creak of boots. Rabbit tracks, deer tracks,
what do we know.

First, when analyzing, students need to be conscious of examining parts of a text, looking for patterns (or repeating elements). In a short poem, students can make a number of simple observations, including:

  • Number of words (34)
  • Number of syllables in words (mostly single syllable)
  • Parts of speech: mostly nouns; adjectives are scarce; surprisingly few verbs

Second, students need to try to determine how these parts and patterns are speaking to each other. Do these parts and patterns illustrate a similarity? Draw a contrast? Create an emphasis? Together form a new observation or idea? In terms of the poem:

  • Nouns: so many nouns emphasizes the “thing-ness” of the poem
  • Adjectives: very few; one (blue) is attached to a noun
  • Verbs: the verbs (glows, bend, fade) are gentle, yielding verbs

Finally, students can put forward a proposition. For instance: Snyder builds his poem on nouns to give power to the “things” in his scene. Or Snyder chooses verbs that seem to yield to the nouns in order to tell us how to behave in the presence of nature. This proposition, with some tweaking, can become a working thesis.

SARA BIGGS CHANEY: EVOLVING THE THESIS BY UNPACKING THE ASSUMPTIONS & MAKING COUNTER-CLAIMS

Professor Sara Chaney uses various methods to help her students arrive at a thesis. One that has proven successful is requiring students to examine their assumptions. Professor Chaney begins this instruction by introducing the student to the enthymeme. Like the syllogism (All men are mortal; Socrates is a man; therefore, Socrates is mortal), the enthymeme has three parts: the major premise, the minor premise, and the conclusion. The difference is that in the case of the syllogism, the major premise is based on fact (All men are mortal), while in the enthymeme it’s based on a commonly held belief (cheating is unethical, smoking around children is a danger to their health, etc.). As Professor Chaney notes, in many cases the enthymeme is presented with the major premise left unstated: She smokes around her daughter; she endangers her daughter’s health. Professor Chaney illustrates the importance in finding the “missing” major premise, arguing that unpacking an argument’s unstated assumptions can help students to better analyze the texts they’re writing about, and to create better texts of their own.

The key question to ask is: What must be true about the world in order for this statement to be true? Students are asked to put forth all hidden assumptions, large and small. This forces the students to dig beneath the surface of the text, to explore the structure and the nuance of the argument. In the process, ideas for a thesis will present themselves.

Once the students have drafted a thesis, Professor Chaney has a strategy (borrowed from David Rossenwasser and Jill Stephen’s Writing Analytically) for evolving the thesis by putting forward counter-claims. Students sometimes make the mistake of forcing evidence to fit an overly rigid claim, or of presenting their claim in the form of a list, with few connections between the points. To evolve the thesis, Professor Chaney asks students to begin with their basic claim and then to methodically increase the complexity of that claim through the introduction of complicating evidence. This new evidence forces students to redefine their initial claims and to determine how the counter-claim might or might not be accommodated by their thesis.

For instance, a student may have written the following thesis: “Reported cases of autism in children have increased by almost 200% in the last twenty years because autism has been redefined to include less severe forms of the disorder.” Professor Chaney presents students with this complicating evidence: “Some research also suggests that autism may be linked to mercury exposure in childhood vaccines.” Students may weigh the evidence to see which has more merit; they might expand their thesis to point to two reasons for rising autism; they might acknowledge the truth in both statements but want to subordinate one argument to the other; they might point out a causal relationship between the two sentences (i.e., has the frequent levels of mercury exposures led to a new definition of autism in the DSM-IV, which in turn has increased the numbers of reported cases of autism?). Using any of these methods, students will have improved their thesis sentences.

KAREN GOCSIK: FINDING THE UMBRELLA IDEA

Professor Karen Gocsik advises that developing a good thesis is often the result of finding the “umbrella idea.” Finding this idea requires that students move back and forth between a text’s particularities and its big ideas in order to find a suitable “fit” between the two that the students can write about. This fit is then summed up in the “umbrella idea,” or the big idea that all of their observations can stand under.

For instance, in an exploration of the Gospels as rhetoric, a student makes the specific observation that, in three of the four gospels, Jesus is reported as saying dramatically different things during his crucifixion.  This observation by itself won’t produce a paper – it’s simply a statement of fact, with which no one will disagree.  Nevertheless, this observation provokes a broader question:  do these differences constitute a contradiction in the text?  And if so, how do we understand this contradiction?  What are the conditions of religious truth?  Is there room for a contradiction as important as this?

Of course, these questions are too big to be addressed in an academic paper.  And so the student returns to the text, still with these too-big questions haunting him.  Reviewing the specific contradictions of the text, he crafts another set of questions:  How should we understand the differences we see across the four gospels?  What might have inspired these writers to craft this important crucifixion scene differently – particularly when, as is true of the authors of Matthew and Luke, they were using the same sources?  The student posits that these differences arise from a difference in audience, historical moment, and rhetorical purpose.  He turns to scholarship and finds his interpretation confirmed.

But the bigger questions persist.  If the gospels are constructed to serve the earthly purposes of converting or supporting the beliefs of specific audiences, how can they also be considered as true?  After doing a great deal of sketching, the student posits that perhaps the differences and contradictions are precisely what communicates the texts’ truth to its audience of believers.  After all, if the truth of a supreme being is beyond human grasp, then perhaps it requires a many-voiced or polyglossic narrative.  With this idea in mind, the student produces a paper that not only details the variances across the texts, but offers a claim about why an audience of believers are not deterred by the differences. It is this claim that serves as the umbrella idea, synthesizing the student writer’s various observations and ideas.

To sum up, successful employment of the umbrella method depends on four steps:

  1. Students must move fluidly back and forth between the text and their abstractions/generalizations, ready to adjust their ideas to the new evidence and new abstractions that they encounter.
  2. Students must sketch their ideas. Drawing their ideas helps students pull their thinking out of linear, two-dimensional modes, enabling them to see multiple possibilities for their essays.
  3. Students must seek an umbrella idea, under which their ideas can stand. To get to this umbrella idea, they need not only to analyze but to synthesize: they need to bring disparate ideas together, to see if they fit.
  4. They further need to create this synthesis by playing with language, creating an umbrella sentence that can embrace their ideas. This requires that students write and revise their thesis sentence several times as they write their paper. It also requires that students have a basic understanding of the principles of style, so that they can understand how to place their ideas in appropriate clauses, create the proper emphasis, and so on.

Alternatives to the Thesis Sentence

Sometimes, the purpose of a piece of writing is not to make a claim but to raise questions. Other times, a writer wants to leave a matter unresolved, inspiring the reader to create his or her own position. In these cases, the thesis sentence might take other forms: the thesis question or the implied thesis.

The Thesis Question

As we’ve said, not every piece of writing sets out to make a claim. If your purpose as a writer is to explore, for instance, the reasons for the 9/11 attacks (a topic for which you are not prepared to make a claim), your thesis might read: “What forces conspired to bring these men to crash four jetliners into American soil?”

You’ll note that this question, while provocative, does not offer a sense of the argument’s structure. It permits the writer to pursue all ideas, without committing to any. While this freedom might seem appealing, in fact you will find that the lack of a declarative thesis statement requires more work: you need to tighten your internal structure and your transitions from paragraph to paragraph so that the essay is clear and the reader can easily follow your line of inquiry.

The Implied Thesis

One of the most fascinating things about a thesis sentence is that it is the most important sentence in a paper – even when it’s not there.

Some of our best writers never explicitly declare their theses. In some essays, you’ll find it difficult to point to a single sentence that declares the argument. Still, the essay is coherent and makes a point. In these cases, the writers have used an implied thesis.

Writers use an implied thesis when they want to maintain a light hand. However, just because the writer doesn’t delcare the thesis doesn’t mean that she was working without one. Good writers will have their thesis clearly stated – either in their own minds, or in their notes for the paper. They may elect not to put the thesis in the paper, but every paragraph, every sentence that they write is controlled by the thesis all the same.

If you decide to write a paper with an implied thesis, be sure that you have a strong grasp of your argument and its structure. Also be sure that you supply adequate transitions, so that the reader can follow your argument with ease.

Will This Thesis Sentence Make the Grade? (A Check List)

In the end, you may have spent a good deal of time writing your thesis and still not know if it’s a good one. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

  • Does my thesis sentence attempt to answer (or at least to explore) a challenging intellectual question?
  • Is the point I’m making one that would generate discussion and argument, or is it one that would leave people asking, “So what?”
  • Is my thesis too vague? Too general? Should I focus on some more specific aspect of my topic?
  • Does my thesis deal directly with the topic at hand, or is it a declaration of my personal feelings?
  • Does my thesis indicate the direction of my argument? Does it suggest a structure for my paper?
  • Does my introductory paragraph define terms important to my thesis? If I am writing a research paper, does my introduction “place” my thesis within the larger, ongoing scholarly discussion about my topic?
  • Is the language in my thesis vivid and clear? Have I structured my sentence so that the important information is in the main clause? Have I used subordinate clauses to house less important information? Have I used parallelism to show the relationship between parts of my thesis? In short, is this thesis the very best sentence that it can be?

What else do you need to know about thesis sentences?

A good thesis usually relies on a strong introduction, sharing the work.

As your writing becomes more sophisticated, you will find that a one-sentence thesis statement cannot bear the burden of your entire argument. Therefore, you will find yourself relying increasingly on your introduction to lay the groundwork. Use your introduction to explain some of your argument’s points and/or to define its terms. Save the “punch” for your thesis. For more information about creating good introductions that can support your thesis sentences, see Introductions and Conclusions elsewhere in this website.

The structure of your thesis, along with its introduction, should in some way reflect the logic that brought you to your argument.

It’s helpful when structuring your thesis sentence to consider for a moment how it was that you came to your argument in the first place. No matter what discipline you are working in, you came to your idea by way of certain observations. For example, perhaps you have noticed in a History of Education course that female college students around the turn of the century seem very often to write about the idea of service to the community. How did you come to that observation? What did you observe first? And, more importantly, how did you go about exploring the significance of this observation? Did you investigate other college documents to see if the value of service was explicitly stated there? Or was this value implied in course descriptions, extra curricular possibilities, and so forth? Reconstruct for yourself how you came to your observations, and use this to help you to create a coherent introduction and thesis.

A good working thesis is your best friend.

Those writers who understand the concept of “working thesis” are way ahead of the game. A “working thesis” is a thesis that works for you, helping you to see where your ideas are going. Many students keep their working thesis in front of them at all times to help them to control the direction of their argument. But what happens when you stumble onto an idea that your thesis isn’t prepared for? Or, more important, what happens when you think everything is going well in your paper and suddenly you arrive at a block? Always return to your working thesis, and give it a critical once-over. You may find that the block in your writing process is related to some limitation in your thesis. Or you may find that hidden somewhere in that working thesis is the germ of an even better idea. Stay in conversation with your thesis throughout the writing process. You’ll be surprised at what you can learn from it.

Last updated: January 12, 2015
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  • Felicia

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    I need to write a thesis statement for bullying essay. I can’t come up with a good thesis for that topic. Can you help me?

    Marc Hudson

    Hello, I hope you’re doing well. Here’s what I’ve generated in the thesis maker above:

    1) Since it can ruin lives of those who bully and those who are bullied and there have been incidents of suicide due to aggressive behaviors, bullying must be stopped.

    2) Bullying must be stopped even though there has been little to no change in the prevalence of bullying in the previous decade.

    So, try to strike the right balance between arguments and counterarguments. Give examples from your own experience or anything you find in reliable sources.

    Good luck ad who knows maybe your essay will help solve the global problem of bullying.

  • Janisse

    Hi! I need a thesis statement on poverty in Africa. Any ideas? Thanks in advance.

    Marc Hudson

    Oh hi! Thanks for stopping by. The first thing you should do is to define your essay type. Different essay types may require different approaches and different thesis statements.

    For example, a good thesis statement for an argumentative essay may look as following:

    E.g. The most effective solution for the problem of poverty in Africa would be improved education system and better access to education, rather than humanitarian aid from developed countries.

    Be sure to choose only the arguments you will be able to illustrate and develop in your essay. Feel free to revisit your thesis statement and rewrite it while you work on your paper and want to add or change something. If you decide to use the thesis statement suggested above, you will need to write one paragraph discussing a relationship between literacy of population and economic development of the country. Another paragraph should shed light on the current situation in Africa. Try to find the latest stats on education and economy in Africa. Numbers often speak louder than words when you need to illustrate your point and to persuade readers to share your position. The third paragraph should address the question of humanitarian aid and the attitude of the locals to it. Finally, make sure to repeat your thesis statement in the conclusion part, but use different wording.

    Good luck and do let us know how it goes with your essay.

    Charmant Uwizeye

    Africa is not poor, it is instead rich, come, and give it a try you shall see.

    I do agree that we do not have advanced schools and research centers but remember guys as time goes on we will make it. So stop considering Africa as the poorest continent, go and help Asian countries, and European countries like Greece.

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    I need a thesis statement for the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal.

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    I need a thesis statement on the distributing of funds collected by donations to the red cross… their have been several complaints on funds not being given to victims but use for red cross managmen team???

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    Hi Robin! It’s great to see you here. Something like this can work:

    1. Even though this international organization has had impeccable reputation within decades, there should be more transparency in procedures of red cross funds distribution because human factor plays an important role in charity and there were a lot of complaints regarding management spendings recently.
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  • Mayra

    I need to write a thesis statement for teenage pregnancy & I can’t come up with a good thesis for that topic, think you can help me?

  • Ally

    I need help with a thesis statement for doping in sports. Any ideas?

    Marc Hudson

    Remember that your thesis statement should be an arguable claim. It means that you should take a firm position and provide arguments to support it. For example: Doping control is an absolute necessity, but the procedures need to be improved to prevent bias and mistakes which are too costly for sportsmen.

  • Melissa

    I am having trouble creating a good thesis statement for a literary analysis paper for my ENG 125 course. This is based on What you pawn I will redeem by Sherman Alexie.

  • Mapula

    I need help with a thesis statement for human violation in Africa

    Marc Hudson

    Despite prior achievements of human rights activists, the ongoing military conflicts on the African continent inevitably result in human right violation, forcing thousands of people leave their homes and look for refuge in other countries.

  • Jose

    I need a thesis statement on how the industrial revolution impact urban life, social class and family life in 19th century Europe. I’m really not good at thesis statements.

    Marc Hudson

    Writing good thesis statements is easy with the thesis statement maker at the top of this page. All you need is to formulate your main argument and a couple of arguments supporting it. Add one counterargument, click the button and get a couple of good thesis statements in a couple of seconds. This time, here’s a thesis statement that might help you:

    The industrial revolution, which encouraged mass movements of people from countryside to urban areas and forced married women work in factories, transformed the economic and social structure of the 19th century Europe, giving rise to a new social class – proletariat.

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    Hello, I need a thesis statement on Pornography is Art. Can you help?

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    Hello. Here’s what you may include into your thesis:

    Despite criticism and numerous bans, pornography can be considered art because it is application of creative skill and it produces works which should be appreciated mainly for their emotional power.

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  • Jasmine

    Hi, I need help creating a thesis statement on whether or not people are born gay. Can you help me?

  • Zeest Moonstone

    Hi, I need a thesis statement to go along with my research question, “How does different early childhood care impact lifespan development?” Any ideas??

    Marc Hudson

    Hi, thanks for stopping by. First, you need to take a firm position on whether early childhood experiences have impact on lifespan development or not. I would recommend going for yes. There are a lot of studies that investigate this question. It is now a proven fact that human brain grows and develops until a person turns 3 years old. Therefore, early childhood does play an important role in personal development. The next step is to think of a possible counterargument. Of course, the opponents would say that genetics is everything. Summing it all up, here’s what you may use as your starting point:

    E.g. Even though genetic information is crucial for understanding an individual’s development, early childhood care strategies applied especially in the first three years of life while a child’s brain is being developed, have a significant impact on individual’s lifespan.

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    Hi, i need help writing a thesis statement on Assessment of small business challenges in Somalia.

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    Hi, nice to see you here. As to your thesis, it’s important to understand that the situation in small business sector in Somaliland depends upon internal and external factors. The internal factors (depending upon business owners themselves) include the employer dependence syndrome, lack of basic book-keeping, marketing and business planning. At the same time, the external factors, which should be handled on the state level, include the lack of effective micro-finance institutions, lack of commercial legal framework and commercial arbitration mechanism. So, choose the challenges which interest you the most and compose them into a strong thesis statement. Good luck!

  • Retta

    I need a thesis statement for women empowerment in microfinance, can you help me?

  • Maria

    I need a thesis statement regarding dance mums and dads the involvement of parents vocalising and opinionated on how their children’s dance classes are conducted because they live their failed dreams through their children.

    Marc Hudson

    Hello there, a good question.

    Definitely, living dreams through their children has negative effects on both children and their parents. The consequences can include neurosis and poor interpersonal relations. The thesis statement can look as following:

    Although children motivated by their parents often achieve remarkable results, the obligation to realize their parents’ dreams may have negative implications on their emotional wellbeing and family microclimate.

  • Princess Linley

    I need to write a thesis statement for the 50th anniversary of MLK and JFK assassination essay. I can’t come up with a good thesis for that topic. Can you help me out?

  • KIMBERLY

    Hello, I’m in dire need of assistance. I cannot seem to come up with a strong thesis statement on the following topic: What cultural differences can you find that led to the split between North and South Korea? Can you please help.

    Marc Hudson

    Dear Kimberly, thanks a lot for your question.

    The cultural differences in South and North Koreas were predetermined historically. Korea has been the battleground for nations and ideas. First, Japan and pre-revolutionary Russia were fighting for control over Korea. When Japanese won, they annexed Korea and installed their puppet leader as Korean ruler. After the end of the Second World War, when Japan had to surrender, Korea was divided into two large areas of influence by the States and the Soviet Union. First, Korea was divided along 38th parallel. It was an urgent decision, as the Americans were afraid that the Soviet Union could take control over entire Korea and rushed to offer this demarcation line. Thus, South Korea was under control of the States and North Korea was under control of the communist Soviet Union. Later on, in 1950, the communist North attacked the southern part. The war lasted for three years, over 2.5 million Koreans were dead, and the demarcation line was somewhat changed. The cultural differences resulted from the differences in ideologies of the controlling states, the communist Soviets and the democratic States. The following idea may become a basis for your thesis statement:

    Becoming the battleground for nations and ideologies, after the end of the Second World War Korea was divided into two spheres of influence, the South was controlled by the States, while the North was controlled by the Soviets, which led to significant cultural differences between the two areas.

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    Hi! I need a thesis statement for injustices in the juvenile justice system in regards to girls.

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    Hello I need help coming up with a thesis for single mothers in America today being helped by the government, whereas years back help wasn’t easy to get for poor families. Thank you!

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    I need a good thesis for my expository essay. The prompt is why is it necessary to take risks. My two examples are the heroic actions of Coach Feis during the parkland shooting and the March for our lives movement. Thanks.

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    I find myself in a tight spot creating a thesis for an essay that will consist of 3 sources. A film, and two novels. All are Latin-American/ or Mexican-American backgrounds. The film is “La Mission” and the novels are “Sex as a Political Condition” and “The Rain God”. The three themes being focused on for the essay are Machismo, Love/Passion, and Gender Roles.

  • Rico Richy

    hi writing an essay on pros and cons (mostly cons) of zoos and aquariums i need a thesis for the purpose of zoos and aquariums and how animals suffer inside zoos. thanks!

    Marc Hudson

    Hello there and thanks for stopping by. Of course, you will easily come up with the numerous cons of zoos, including the bad conditions in which animals are kept and their psychological stress from constant contact with people who come to stare at them. Some species cannot even properly procreate in captivity.

    At the same time, formulating at least one good counterargument is a necessity. It will make your thesis statement stronger and more arguable. For instance, you may want to mention the zoos like national parks, without cages, which recreate the conditions of the natural habitat and thus help save the endangered species.

    To sum it all up, here’s a sample thesis statement for you:

    Although the zoos in their traditional form with limited areas and daily crowds of visitors are bad for animals, the improved zoos taking forms of landscape parks, recreating natural habitat of animals can help preserve species.

  • Jazmin

    Hi I stumbled across this page while trying to build my thesis statement. At this point I’m so confused. I have started a powerpoint on this topic, “Should a server who receives tip get paid minimum wage?” I have searched for the history, culture, and demand. I also thought about putting in a slide with other people who receive tips and why they leave tips. I feel like i should go for an argumentative thesis since I’m thing to persuade my classmate to choose my presentation over my counter part. Which is, “servers who get tipped should receive minimum wage.” If you could help with guiding me I would appreciate it. So far I’ve come up with, “A tipped server should reactive minimum wage because of the physical demand, emotional stress, and they don’t always get tipped.” I would appreciate any help.

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