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Thesis Statement-Do's and Don'ts

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Nicole Mills

on 21 March 2013

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What good thesis statements do and don't do A good thesis clearly states the writer's opinion A good thesis states one main idea, not two A good thesis is intriguing A good thesis uses specific and clear language In my opinion, attending a public high school can be a negative experience.

There are some advantages and disadvantages to New York's ban on soda.

Budget cuts are a hot issue today. It is not merely an announcement of your topic
It is your informed and insightful interpretation

"I'm going to discuss Kate Chopin's "Story of an Hour"
OR
"The Storm" depicts Chopin's approval of infidelity within marriage, indicating the common occurrence of such behavior in the late 19th century. Chopin's "The Storm" reflects struggles Chopin herself experienced as a married woman in the late 19th century, and it also reflects her familiarity with the Bible.
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Chopin's "The Storm" presents a contemporary perspective on the fall in Genesis 3. A good thesis shouldn't be boring or
predictable. A thesis shouldn't have an obvious answer.

A good test for this is to consider whether anyone would/could disagree with you. If not, then change your thesis!

T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" is a great example of a Modernist poem. Avoid vague, general diction, which only leads to vague, general writing throughout the rest of the paper.

In MSND, Shakespeare uses language to create special effects.
VS.
In MSND, Shakespeare uses language that echoes the Book of Common Prayer in reference to the fairies to muddle the two spiritual heritages and present the fairy trio as a reflection of the trinity. What do you think of these thesis statements? Thesis Statements Practice Re-write these lame thesis statements 1. Television commercials have an influence on children.

2. The story, "Snow White", is both similar to and different from the movie.

3. X Author's life affected his/her work.
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