These are meant as models for Essay 6 Thesis Statements–remember, a thesis should set up or forecast the direction of the paper–it should be opinionated and judgmental. A summary or a general statement will not suffice.
So, here are a few that might serve as models–don’t repeat these, but you may engage similar ideas as you like:
The play Trifles, the poem â€˜White Liesâ€™ and the short story â€˜Everyday Useâ€™ suggest to us that crisis moments reveal who women like Mrs. Peters, Mama and Dee, and Trethewayâ€™s speaker really are as women.
Fences, â€˜Theme for English B,â€™ and â€˜Barn Burningâ€™ explore what it means for a young person to grow up and have to learn to stand on their own two feet.
Othello, â€˜My Last Duchess,â€™ and â€˜Barn Burningâ€™ show us various forms of toxic or controlling masculinities, and show us how literary works explore gender roles that are positive and negative.
English 1102 T3/2019 Essay 6: Research Paper Requirements: Minimum 1500 words
Draft Due: Submit Essay 6 â€œResearch Paperâ€ by 3.6 for full comments towards revision; drafts received on 3.7-9 will receive short, cursory comments only Revision Due: 3.10
Research Requirement: Four Professional, Peer-Reviewed Sources that MUST have appeared in your Annotated Bibliography/Essay 5
Assignment: A compare and contrast paper; you will compare and contrast how three works from the three genres (papers must examine at least one short story, one poem, one drama) treat similar topics. If none of the topics works for you, please see me to discuss possible alterations or alternatives. You may engage the same story, poem, and/or play you used in Essay 2, 3, and 4 if you like and the sources from Essays 3 and 4.
1. Compare and contrast the depiction of race or gender issues in any three substantial works in Backpack Literature (the play must be either Trifles, Othello, or Fences howeverâ€”any paper that fails to follow this requirement will fail the assignment). Obviously, â€˜issuesâ€™ is fairly broad, so you will want your thesis to be fairly narrow in scope.
2. Compare and contrast the depiction the maturation of young people into adulthood or adults into a better understanding of themselves in any three substantial works in in Backpack Literature (the play must be either Trifles, Othello, or Fences howeverâ€”any paper that fails to follow this requirement will fail the assignment). Again, â€˜maturationâ€™ is fairly broad, so you will want your thesis to be fairly narrow in scope.
3. Compare and contrast any three substantial works in Backpack Literature (the play must be either Trifles, Othello, or Fences howeverâ€”any paper that fails to follow this requirement will fail the assignment) through a theme of your own invention with consultation with the instructor (i.e., no papers accepted without prior acceptance from me) such as the use of technology, the depiction of work/labor, or images of children, e.g. which might work.
How it will be graded:
15% Introduction: You establish a context for the significance of your thesis in regards to the literary works as a whole. How does your argument contribute to understanding the authorsâ€™ major literary/thematic concerns? What can other readers learn from your analysis? How does your analysis/critique fit in with other critical responses of the author/literary works?
15% Thesis: You state your main point (or argument) in 1-2 sentences. The thesis is the culmination of your introduction.
30% Organization. Your essay should follow that of typical literary critiques:
Since your focus must be on analyzing three works, your essay must contain wellstructured supporting paragraphs that contain a topic sentence, quotes from the primary text, at least one quote from three different sources, an explanation/discussion of the significance of each quote you use in relation to your thesis, and a concluding sentence or two that situates the entire paragraph in relation to the thesis. Your thesis will focus on some kind of critical analysis of the primary text, so your supporting paragraphs should contain quotes from the text that illustrate your thesis/argument; in addition, you should include at least one quote from three different secondary sources to support your argument. Do not simply sprinkle random quotes into your paper and then ignore them; your supporting paragraphs should be organized around each of the quotes you use, explaining the significance of the quotes and why (or how) they illustrate your main point, but you also need to make sure that your paragraphs contain strong transitions and at least six (or more) sentences.
10% Conclusion: Regardless of the argument you make, you want a conclusion that avoids summarizing what youâ€™ve just said, and please avoid writing, â€œIn conclusion.â€¦â€ Your aim in a conclusion is to place the discussion in a larger context. For example, how might your critical analysis of a literary character relate to the other characters in a work? How might your thesis be applied to other aspects of the text, say for example, setting or symbolism?
15% Grammar and mechanics: Your paper avoids basic grammar mistakes, such as dropped apostrophes in possessives, subject/verb disagreement, arbitrary tense switches, etc. The paper demonstrates a commitment to proofreading by avoiding easy-to-catch typos and word mistakes (effect for affect, for example). The paper adheres to MLA formatting style for in-text and bibliographic citations.
15% Presentation: Your paper meets the minimum length criteria of 1200 words, is typed with a title and your name on it. You follow your individual professorâ€™s instructions for formatting (margins, placement of the name, etc).