I need to write a thesis for my essay about Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Can someone please help me and give me an example of a thesis? I don't know how to write one or what a thesis...

I need to write a thesis for my essay about Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. Can someone please help me and give me an example of a thesis? I don't know how to write one or what a thesis looks like.

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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The key to writing a thesis statement is understanding that it is simply a one- sentence summary of the main claim or "thesis" of your essay. If you are struggling to write a thesis statement, that often means that you are having difficulty focusing on whatever your main claim is. 

Because The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is episodic in nature, covering the experiences of the men of Alpha Company during the Vietnam war, you should choose some one aspect of the book about which to write. For example, one of the elements appearing in several parts of the book is the use of recreational drugs, which was surprisingly common among the soldiers. You might create a thesis such as:

The prevalence of drug abuse among the soldiers described in The Things They Carried seems to have been a response of the unique stresses of guerrilla warfare.

With such a thesis, you would then go on to show examples to support your claim, perhaps focusing on the character of Ted Lavender.

The link below to the Purdue Online Writing Lab gives several other examples of thesis statements. 

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harmon324 | In Training Educator

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Tim:

Your thesis statement is a good start!

Since each soldier has its own way of coping with the physical and mental stress of war, while not understanding its purpose at all, you can see how each carried around what was important to them. 

How about something like, " Soldiers participating in a war they do not understand, suffer physical and mental anquish trying to cope with the horrors of it all.

You can discuss issues such as abandonment, hopelessness, drug abuse, etc. 

You could discuss the different types of physical and mental strain.

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user1928029 | eNotes Newbie

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Thank you, I love it. This is perfect and contains all I want to write about.

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