I'm writing a compare and contrast essay on Frankenstein the book and Frankenstein the 1931 movie version. How do you start an opening paragraph that includes a thesis statement for an essay like this?

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Your thesis sentence should include your SUBJECT and your ATTITUDE (a generic word) toward that subject.  It may also include a few of the major points that you base your attitude on.  I'm not sure if the 1931 movie is the Boris Karloff classic, but you might write a thesis...

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Your thesis sentence should include your SUBJECT and your ATTITUDE (a generic word) toward that subject.  It may also include a few of the major points that you base your attitude on.  I'm not sure if the 1931 movie is the Boris Karloff classic, but you might write a thesis sentence that looks like this:  Although both the original text and the 1931 movie of Frankenstein work with the same basic plot (SUBJECT), the movie trivializes some of the great social questions that Shelly presents in the novel (ATTITUDE).  You could list three of them here and create a tricolon, an excellent rhetorical device.

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