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I need help coming up with a thesis statement from the following: To prove that literary fiction fosters empathy, and that it does this through its use of literary elements that force the reader to engage and empathize with the characters and action, rather than remaining passive readers.

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The general statement that you have provided is a fairly well thought out argument. It is a working thesis statement, but it would benefit from being more concise. I believe that the general argument you are trying to make is that literary fiction can help readers be actively involved in the story and empathize with characters.

The part of the argument provided that is not clear is how writers create these effects. The thesis says that the literature uses "literary elements" that force...

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