How do I write a thesis statement for "I Were a Good Man"?

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litchick2011 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not sure what you mean by "I were a good man," but in general, writing a good thesis statement is a matter of following a few of these rules:

1. Mention your topic.

2. Mention what you think about your topic.

In general, a thesis statement should be no more than one or two sentences. Try to avoid phrases like "Now, I am going to talk about...." or simply listing ideas.

·        Theme is NOT:

o       The Plot (Don’t give a summary and think you have theme.)

o       The Subject or topic (Though your theme can come from the topics discussed in the text)

o       Expressed in only one word.

§        Use the following format in order to identify/describe the themes of a piece of literature:

·        In (the story, novel, play, poem) ___________________________________, the author wants us to understand that.....

·        Anything which will complete this sentence and is a general statement about life is the theme.  However, the theme cannot be a part of the plot.  There is no wrong answer if you can defend your statement with the events which occur in the text.

o       Example:  In the movie The Wizard of Oz, the director wants us to understand that home is the most important place to be. 


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