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My assignament is a  6-8 page research paper for Literature class, and this is my...

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mavarady | Honors

Posted July 19, 2013 at 6:11 AM via web

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My assignament is a  6-8 page research paper for Literature class, and this is my thesis statement: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is one of Washington Irving's most lasting artistic achievements. However, within the field of psychological literary critisicm the author, story and characters provide a fascinating trifecta for psychological analysis. Each of these elements will use a distinctive school of psychological theory. Beginning with Sigmund Freud on Irving's creativity; Carl Jung on the archetypesof the story's characters followed by Northrop Fry and Mythological Criticism. My question is can you help me form it into an argumentative thesis statement?

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 19, 2013 at 10:15 PM (Answer #2)

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Although editors are required to check grammatics in questions, I left yours as it was so that I could also show you some necessary changes needed (compare the answer to the question).

"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" is one of Washington Irving's most lasting artistic achievements. Within the field of psychological literary criticism, the author, story, and characters provide a fascinating trifecta for psychological analysis. Each of these elements will use a distinctive school of psychological theory. Analysis will begin with the use of the ideologies of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Northrop Fry.

The use of psychological ideology to examine a literary text is called psychoanalytical theory. It typically examines the author and his or her reasoning behind character and plot creation. Essentially, it is meant to be used to understand the author through his or her writing.

Now, onto the question at hand. You really have a lot going on in the section you provided. If I were you, I would limit the analysis to Freud and how Irving's own character is defined within "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." You can still examine characters, creativity, and mythology through this specific application. 

As for a suggestion regarding your thesis statement. You need to be sure that the thesis statement is broad enough that the topic sentence of each of your supporting sentences can refer back to the thesis. You must also be sure that it is not too broad (this tends to force too much into an essay). Suggestions for a thesis are as follows:

-When applying Sigmund Freud's dream interpretation, Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" illuminates the importance of the id, ego, and superego.

- Application of psychoanalytical criticism proves Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" to be a direct tie to Irving's personality, desires, and state of mind.

-The application of a psychoanalytic lens illustrates Washington Irving's.... (what?)

Really hope this helps.

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mavarady | Honors

Posted July 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM (Reply #1)

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Thank you for your timely answer. I thought I was 'biting off more than I could chew". The clarification of Psychoanylitical term helps immensely. Your suggested thesis shows me how I can include aspects of mythology without getting bogged down with a never-ending paper! Thanks again.

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