I am clarifying a previous request.I need a thesis for an essay in which I will review scenes to examine what the nature of friendship reveals about true virtue. I need to examine both Finny and...

I am clarifying a previous request.

I need a thesis for an essay in which I will review scenes to examine what the nature of friendship reveals about true virtue. I need to examine both Finny and Gene, not just one of them. Can you please help me come up with a thesis that sets up my 3 body paragraphs. Thank you very much.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would echo the above answer and say that you need to study scenes until you find some in which the "nature of friendship reveals" something about true virtue.  Coming up with the thesis first is doing things in the wrong order.  We cannot give you anything other than a general thesis statement without knowing what scenes you're going to use and what the scenes reveal about true virtue.  There's no shortcut for research. 

That said, you might try looking at certain scenes:

  • When Finny saves Gene from falling off the tree at the end of chapter two
  • The blitzball scene in chapter three
  • Any of the scenes in which Finny trains Gene for the future Olympics
  • When Gene takes Finny's suitcase to the infirmary after Finny's second accident

Of course, if you want to center your essay on the lack of true virtue, you could study numerous scenes.  If you're thinking of scenes that demonstrate true virtue as I think you are, though, the above scenes may help.

As a side note, make sure you have a definition of "true virtue" in mind before you start looking. 

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Your thesis might completely depend on your 3 body paragraph topics.

If I was you I would pick three scenes that include each of them so you can spend time comparing. That way I would have each body paragraph picked out with a sub-topic already at work. In each BP, I would write in my topic sentence first one truth that is revealed about true virtue through that scene.

Having said that, I recommend something like this:

John Knowles' A Separate Peace explores true virtue through the nature of the friendship between Gene and Finny in a variety of scenes.

Read the study guide:
A Separate Peace

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