Can anyone help me on writing a thesis statement for the book "To Kill a Mockingbird"?My assignment is to write a thesis statement on why I think that the n-word on the book should not be removed...

Can anyone help me on writing a thesis statement for the book "To Kill a Mockingbird"?

My assignment is to write a thesis statement on why I think that the n-word on the book should not be removed by the aurthor.

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A thesis statement is a summary of your position, a brief statement of the information you plan to present in the body of your paper. In this assignment, the body is going to support your opinion - your reason for why Harper Lee needed to use the "n-word" in her book. Because this needs to be your opinion, you need to decide what you believe.

Do you feel the use of that word added to the impact of the text? What are some examples from the book where the text just wouldn't have had the same effect if a less-offensive word had been used?

Do you feel the use of that word was necessary for accurately conveying the cultural attitude in Maycomb? How can you find support for that opinion?

Do you feel the use of that word was needed to accurately reflect the history and racial attitudes of that part of the United States at that time? What support can you find to indicate that this word was common, if not acceptable, in that culture?

Once you decide what you believe about why that word should not have been removed, you can summarize that belief in your thesis statement.

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