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How do I write a thesis statement in a narrative essay?

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A thesis statement for a five paragraph essay contains a general statement that is divided into three opinions which will be supported in the three body paragraphs of the essay.  For a narrative essay, then, the writer will make a generalization about the incident which he or she is about to relate with three opinions on this generalization.

For instance, if one were writing about an experience that one has had such as a competition in which one participated, one could write something like this:

When I entered a 5K race on a torrid summer day, I learned the meaning of words my mother often cited:  "Where there is a will, there is a way," for having set my mind on winning a trophy to prive to my negative sister that I could succeed, I found that I was able to think more positively, ignore the discomfort and pain I felt, and surpass my usual pace and time.

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Well, when you are writing a narrative essay, essentially you are telling a story.  Your essay should have a beginning,  middle, and an end (descriptive and well developed characters, plot and setting are a plus too).  Therefore, if you are going to have a thesis statement when writing a narrative, it needs to somehow allude to what "story" you are going to tell.  You don't want to be too specific or too vague, but you want lead the reader toward what the rest of your essay will be about.

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