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Please provide a good idea for a thesis with these similarities I have researched.Hi, I...

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ddesi201 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 9, 2012 at 7:05 AM via web

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Please provide a good idea for a thesis with these similarities I have researched.

Hi, I am currently assigned to write a comparative essay on the two literatures "The Great Gatsby" and "Death of a Salesman." I have decided to discuss the similarities between the relaionships of Tom-Daisy and Willy-Linda. I have the three supporting arguements, inluding their lack of mutual respect for one another, faithfulness, and style of parenting. However, i am having trouble coming up with a solid thesis for this argument, as by just proving that there are similarities between the two couples is just not good enough. Can anyone give me some good ideas on what to PROVE with these similarities, as i have all my research done but need a solid thesis to discuss the marital relationships. Thank you so much in advance!

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 9, 2012 at 5:30 PM (Answer #1)

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A good start on an excellent project.  “Essay” means “to try,” so how about making a thesis statement about American literature itself—something like “By looking at these two great American literary pairings closely, we may reveal a hidden assumption about the American reader—that these authors assumed the reader would expect the male in a pairing during these decades to be the active partner, the bread-winner, the energy, while the reader assumed that the woman would be treated as a possession, a liability, for the man to bear.  This automatic relationship assumption lasted until WWII (and exploded completely in the 1960’s).”  Then you could discuss the details and similarities of the two pairs as support for your thesis statement, that the authors went into their projects knowing what the reader expected.  Good luck--hope this helped.

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