How do I write a thesis statement that compares or contrasts the two characters Rainsford from "The Most Dangerous Game" and Eckles from "A Sound of Thunder" and the quests they go on?

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When writing a thesis statement, you want to directly address the prompt in a succinct way.  This means a clear and specific response in one sentence.  It sounds like your prompt asks about the similarities and differences between Rainsford and Eckels.  Let’s start with determining those.

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When writing a thesis statement, you want to directly address the prompt in a succinct way.  This means a clear and specific response in one sentence.  It sounds like your prompt asks about the similarities and differences between Rainsford and Eckels.  Let’s start with determining those.

First, Rainsford and Eckels are similar in that they both ended up in situations where they were in over their heads.  Neither of them expected anything like they found.  They both went in with incomplete information, and faced dangerous circumstances from the beginning.  Both were in exotic and unfamiliar locales. 

Both men are expert hunters.  However, Eckels had never faced a dinosaur and its massive size frightened him.

It ran with a gliding ballet step, far too poised and balanced for its ten tons. It moved into a sunlit area warily, its beautifully reptilian hands feeling the air.

"Why, why," Eckels twitched his mouth. "It could reach up and grab the moon." (“A Sound of Thunder”)

The difference, of course, is that Eckels was looking for adventure and sort of signed up for his.  Rainsford, on the other hand, ended up in danger completely by accident.  He fell off the boat and landed on Zaroff’s island by mistake.  Therefore, while Eckels was just not expecting things to be as intense as he got, Rainsford had no idea what was coming.

"I can't believe you are serious, General Zaroff. This is a grisly joke."

"Why should I not be serious? I am speaking of hunting."

"Hunting? Great Guns, General Zaroff, what you speak of is murder." (“The Most Dangerous Game”) 

You can either compare or contrast Rainsford’s and Eckels’s adventures.  If you are comparing, you might focus on the fact that both faced dangerous situations they were not expecting.  Here is an example.

Both Rainsford and Eckels found themselves in dangerous situations where they did not have all of the information beforehand about what to expect.

If you were going to contrast them, I would focus on the fact that Eckels chose his adventure and Rainsford did not.  You can add that to this thesis.

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