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Generating a Thesis Statement for Character Analysis. M. Smolinsky. REVIEW – WHAT IS A THESIS STATEMENT. The thesis statement should appear in your introduction and is usually at the end of this first paragraph

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review what is a thesis statement
REVIEW – WHAT IS A THESIS STATEMENT
  • The thesis statement should appear in your introduction and is usually at the end of this first paragraph
  • Simon and Schuster’s Handbook for Writers requirements for a thesis statement:
  • the essay’s subject—the topic that you will discuss
  • the essay’s purpose—either informative or persuasive
  • your focus—the assertion that presents your point of view
  • specific language—not vague words
  • brief overview of topics subdivisions
creating a thesis step 1
CREATING A THESIS – STEP #1
  • Choose a topic from the reading (a theme, issue, technique, or concept)
  • Example: Loss of Innocence in The Catcher in the Rye
creating a thesis step 2
CREATING A THESIS – STEP #2
  • Focus the topic (what does the author communicate about this topic?)
  • Example: Salinger uses symbols to represent Holden’s loss of innocence
creating a thesis step 3
CREATING A THESIS – STEP #3
  • Develop the topic by posing a question (how does the author communicate the topic)
  • Example: How does Salinger use symbolism to portray Holden’s loss of innocence?
creating a thesis step 4
CREATING A THESIS – STEP #4
  • Generate a thesis statement by answering the question
  • Example: Salinger uses several symbols like the museum, the record, and the carousel to represent Holden’s loss of innocence.
1 to 3 formula for character analysis
1-TO-3 FORMULA FOR CHARACTER ANALYSIS
  • It may help to choose one literary technique and discuss how it is used to represent different themes or issues
    • Ex. Salinger uses (technique) to explain the concept of (idea #1, #2, #3)
  • Or you may choose one theme or symbol and discuss how the author uses different techniques or examples to develop that idea
    • Ex. Salinger develops the idea of (theme) through his use/description of (technique/example #1, #2, #3)