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Thesis writing

Thesis Writing

Short Story Analysis Paper


Sample thesis
Sample thesis:

Through contrasting the serene and welcoming rural setting and the strict adherence to rules during the ritual of the lottery, Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” advocates that readers should question their surroundings and, even more so, their traditions and beliefs.


Breakdown
Breakdown -

Through contrasting [why] the serene and welcoming rural setting [what] and the strict adherence to rules during the ritual of the lottery [what], Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” advocates that readers should question their surroundings and, even more so, their traditions and beliefs. [so what]


Formula
“Formula”

Through [contrasting/comparing/connecting] the [lit device #1] and the [lit device #2], [author/short story title][verb - shows/reveals/demonstrates/relates] that readers [the “so what” - why should readers care about this story and the lit devices, or what can they learn from your story analysis?].


Essay structure
Essay Structure

  • Intro

    • Attention grabber

    • Introduce story and provide background

    • Thesis statement

  • 1st Body paragraphs discussing literary device analysis

  • 2nd Body Paragraph discussing liteary devices

  • 3rd Body paragraph synthesizing both devices

  • Conclusion

    • Restated thesis

    • Summary of main points

    • Final thought


Thesis writing
QNT

There is a sample QNT in your packet on page 11 - did you look at this??


What you should know
What you should know:

  • If you’re struggling to find textual evidence and analysis to support the literary devices that you selected, SELECT NEW DEVICES!

  • A rough draft of your paper is due on Monday. This is a four-paragraph assignment (minimum), some may have five paragraphs

  • 8-10 sentences per body paragraph.