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The purpose of a thesis statement is to tell your reader what your essay will be about. Before you write a thesis statement, decide what you want to prove by the end of the essay. If your thesis statement is clear, then your entire essay will revolve around it. You need to include your thesis right in your introduction. It might be the first sentence of your paper, or your paper might start with a hook related to the introduction.
To write a good thesis statement, begin with the prompt or topic of the essay. If a question is asked, answer the question in your thesis. If you do not have a prompt, the best way to write a thesis is to choose a theme from the essay and write a thesis statement around it.
For example, your thesis might be:
The most important theme in “The Life You Save May Be Your Own” by Flannery O’Connor is the search for the meaning of life.
You will then go on and explain that in the rest of your essay.
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