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What are 3 points about James Joyce's "Araby" that I can use to write a thesis? 

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Posted September 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM via web

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What are 3 points about James Joyce's "Araby" that I can use to write a thesis? 

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

Posted September 11, 2013 at 11:45 PM (Answer #1)

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A thesis is the central point around which all the other material within an essay revolves. A thesis contains two parts: the paper's limited subject and the point of view (or attitude) toward the subject. A thesis regarding James Joyce's "Araby" could examine the themes presented within the text. 

"Araby" presents ideas on alienation, loneliness, and transformation. Therefore, a thesis statement for an essay on "Araby" containing three points could define the aspects of alienation, loneliness, and transformation illuminates in the text. 

The central point around which all other material revolves is the theme. The limited subject of the essay themes within "Araby." The point of view of the point of view of the paper depends upon how you, as the essayist, feels about Joyce's success or failure at illustrating the themes of the text. If you believe that Joyce is successful, the point of view will be positive. If you feel that Joyce failed at illustrating the themes of alienation, loneliness, and transformation, then the point of view will be negative. 

For example, a thesis which supports that Joyce is successful at illustrating his themes would look like this: 

James Joyce, in his short story "Araby," successfully illustrates the themes of alienation, loneliness, and transformation. 

Contrastingly, a thesis which does not support Joyce's success would look like this:

James Joyce, in his short story "Araby," fails to successfully illustrates the themes of alienation, loneliness, and transformation. 

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