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americanlitst... | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 22, 2012 at 11:55 PM via web

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What would be a good thesis statement for an essay theme on science and technology in three classic novels?

I wrote an essay on the following essay theme:  What attitudes toward science and technology are held by the authors of The Time Machine, Fahrenheit 451, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

I wrote an argumentative essay proving that the authors were ambivalent about the progress of science and technology and how it would affect society and mankind.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 23, 2012 at 12:21 AM (Answer #1)

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A thesis statement is the first introduction of the position you are taking in your essay, the presentation of the stand you will attempt to support with the arguments and evidence you will present in the body of your paper. Therefore, your thesis statement is, apparently, your statement that you feel authors Bradbury, Stevenson, and Wells were ambivalent about the progress of science and technology and how it would affect society and mankind.

In the main part of your paper, you would offer support of your thesis by citing portions of the three works that illustrate the doubts being expressed by the authors. The Time Machine does not show any improvement of the human condition made possible with the advent of time travel - indeed, it shows the eventual extinction of the human race. The increase of technology portrayed in Fahrenheit 451 causes increasing alienation between people rather than enhancing their lives. Dr. Jekyll goes against the laws of nature and science as he tries to create life in a new form, with disastrous results.

Summarize scenes or use direct quotes from your sources to support your thesis, which you have expressed well.

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