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loveyourself4... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 8, 2009 at 8:29 AM via web

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What are some good thesis statements?

In school we have to write an essay about The Giver. It has to include a good thesis statement. Here are some that I already thought of:

-There can't be a utopia, even in stories, because people have different perspectives of what perfect is.

-The Giver attempted to make a Utopian society, but failed because people have different perspectives of what perfect is.

-You don't really know what true happiness is if you haven't ever felt pain.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 8, 2009 at 10:57 AM (Answer #2)

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These are fairly strong topics upon which to write a paper.  I think you might want to streamline some of them to make them about the characters in the text.  For example, let's take the first one.  In The Giver, Utopian visions of the good are difficult to embrace because different characters voice multiple conceptions of perfection.  I have always felt that in writing thesis statements about texts, it is essential to link the development of a thesis to characters in the work.  For instance, in the last one, I would try to link characters to this idea and prove that as it will be a more coherent work.  Instead of the personalized, "you," why not, "characters in Lowry's work are challenged to find true happiness devoid of struggle and pain."  This keeps the writing more streamlined, focused on the text and the characters.  I hope some of this helps.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 3, 2011 at 7:48 PM (Answer #3)

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A good thesis statement for any book begins with the theme.  There are many themes to choose from in The Giver.  You might choose the triumph of individuality, the importance of memory, the celebration of difference, or the tyranny of suppressing choice.  Once you have chosen your theme, write a sentence about it.  Your sentence can simply state the title and author of the work and the theme.  For example:

An important theme in The Giver by Lois Lowry is that memories make us human.

Then you go on to write your essay!

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