A thesis statement is your plan and organization for your essay. It determines what your essay will contain and how it will be contained. A thesis statement has two components: the opinion, and the controlling ideas. These ideas can be explicitly stated or implicitly stated. It all depends on the requirements of your particular teacher and the needs of the course. An example could be: Oscar Schindler revived his moral compass as a German (Opinion) by forming a business that would help the average soldier (idea #1), provide a refuge for Jews (#2), and risk his life by using the company's money to buy the lives of Jews back from certain death (idea #3). This is just an example, but as you can see, with a little thought you could even make more persuasive thesis and a more powerful one at that.