Any good ideas for the following thesis statement? I have a comparison Essay Exam on Monday on The Crucible and 1984.Here is the thesis statement. "When those in power abuse their authority,...

Any good ideas for the following thesis statement? I have a comparison Essay Exam on Monday on The Crucible and 1984.

Here is the thesis statement.

"When those in power abuse their authority, individuals must take action to fight injustice"

I need to have three arguments prepared but I only have to build on one. I am using the SEEC paragraph form for a comparison essay. I really need some help as I am terrible at writing these things.

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carolkaz34 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

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First, you have a great start to your thesis, but it needs to be expanded to include a bit more detail. Follow up this sentence with one that gives details about the individuals taking action in both the play and novel and explains your thesis.  You can do this in the rest of your introduction to form a solid base for your essay.

You have a great start with this idea because both the play and novel have characters who abuse their authority; certainly O’Brien in 1984 and Thomas Putnam in The Crucible.  O’Brien abuses the trust and authority he has over Winston when he brings him into the Inner Party and gives him Goldstein’s book, thereby trapping him and setting him up to be caught by the Thought Police.  Thomas Putnam is one of the characters in The Crucible who abuses his power; remember that his name is, historically speaking, on the death warrants of many of those who were accused.  He gained much land and therefore power when these people were put to death.

Hope that helps!

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