Can you simply write a thesis saying that humans need friendship?  I am fully aware on how to write a thesis, but I wanted to say that one needs friendship in order to survive, but a person can...

Can you simply write a thesis saying that humans need friendship?

 

I am fully aware on how to write a thesis, but I wanted to say that one needs friendship in order to survive, but a person can survive without friendship. So, please write for me an idea or thesis stating why humans need friendship.

 

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shakespeareguru | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

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Your question (and the further explanation that you provide of your struggle to arrive at a satisfactory thesis statement) exposes one of the toughest aspects of preparing to write any essay -- creating the thesis statement.  In all honesty, one of the reasons that this is so tough, is that there is not any "wrong" thesis statement, only sufficient or insufficient support of that thesis in the body of the paper.  So, you should know your topic and be prepared to support an argument based upon that topic before you create the exact wording of your thesis.

The steps that make this process the simplest, I have found, are these:

  • Identify your topic.  In this case, your topic is friendship.
  • Research your topic.  Enotes gives some great tips for this step:

[D]o some initial research, which should establish what it is you will be writing about, what issue you will argue for or against, and why you will take this position. Then actively research by taking notes on your topic. Outline the ideas and arguments that you will make so that you’ll know what to include in your introduction. Ideally, you should be able to roughly outline at least three to five ideas or arguments that you can successfully address in your essay.

  • Write your thesis. Here, though you have indicated that your thesis should somehow state that humans need friendship because of something, this isn't exactly correct.  Your thesis statement needs to be the statement that your essay will prove.  So, it is perfectly OK to write a thesis that states:  Human beings need friendship in order to survive. Your "why" and/or "because" will come in the body of your essay as you prove your thesis.
  • Give your potential essay structure by creating an outline of the points you will cover to prove your thesis. This is important!  It gives you a sort of road map to follow to know what and how many points you will use to support and prove the idea that humans need friendship.

Please follow the links below for more on creating a thesis and an Introduction.

 

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melkoosmann | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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The first answer you received is wonderful. I just want to chime in and point out that you have a pretty good start here. You are correct that people do not need friendship in order to survive, exactly. People do not die just because they do not have friends. However, friendship is very important. Ask yourself why people do need friendship. Without friends, can you become great in your career? Can you be a happy person? Can you make a mark on the world? Can you do your best in school and in family relationships? As you think of points that support your thesis, try out various ideas and phrases to finish your thesis. There are plenty of ways to clarify your main idea that are not "in order to survive."

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