I'm so frustrated. I need to write a three page literary analysis for English class about The Kite Runner, and I chose the father and son relationship but I don't know how to write a thesis for it....

I'm so frustrated. I need to write a three page literary analysis for English class about The Kite Runner, and I chose the father and son relationship but I don't know how to write a thesis for it. Help.

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First, it is important to know what a thesis statement is. A thesis statement is a debatable statement that you are seeking to prove through evidence you cull from a text. The key word here is debatable. If the thesis is not debatable, then it cannot be a thesis. You need to prove, convince, win over your reader. The better your body paragraphs support your thesis, the better your essay will be. 

If you are writing on the relationship between father and son, then you can have various thesis statements. As you know, the book is rich with meaning. Here are some suggestions. 

Perhaps you can write on the the complexities of the relationship between Amir and Baba. Here is an example.

"Baba's demons haunt him in expressing his love for Amir."

If you choose this thesis, then you can talk about Hassan's relationship with Baba, Amir's lack of courage, and Baba and Amir's move to America. 

Here is another thesis:

"Guilt strains all relationships."

If you go with this, you can talk about Amir's blind eye and guilt over the rape of Hassan, and Baba's guilt over not expressing his love for Amir and Hassan in the way he wanted to.  

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