Freshman here, I'm asking about the book Julius Caesar. I'm doing an essay on Brutus being a tragic hero. I need help on where I should start on the essay. It's supposed to be persuasive. What...

Freshman here, I'm asking about the book Julius Caesar. I'm doing an essay on Brutus being a tragic hero. I need help on where I should start on the essay. It's supposed to be persuasive. What would be a good thesis to show how Brutus from the past changes to Brutus in the present?  

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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There are a few ways to write a solid thesis statement.  The first way is to state what you are going to prove and provide a few reasons of support within the statement. For example: In Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, Brutus is the tragic hero because he is of noble stature, he has a tragic flaw, and his downfall is a direct result of his actions.  

That thesis statement claims right from the beginning that Brutus is the tragic hero, which is what you want.  The later half it though tells your reader why you think this.  It also alerts your reader to exactly what you will be discussing in your attempt to prove that Brutus is a tragic hero.  

Another way to write a thesis statement is to use the subordinating conjunction "although."  I think this kind of thesis statement is better, because it forces you to admit to a counter point, and then disprove it.  It's much more persuasive.  You might try something like this for example: "Although Brutus may have been of noble stature and greatly respected, his tragic flaw is what accelerated his downfall after the events of Caesar's murder."

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Thank You so much sciftw that was a amazing detailed way to make this thesis. Thanks for not giving me a huge lecture like my English teacher does constantly.

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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No problem.  Brevity is sometimes exactly what is needed. 

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