I'm writing a research paper on "As I Lay Dying".  My topic is "Love".  What would be a good thesis statement for this paper?

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e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This topic is actually a quite rich one in relation to As I Lay Dying.

One way to read this novel is to see it as an exploration of several types of love or modes of the expression of love. Love can be seen as service and sacrifice (Cash), affection and attachment (Darl), redemption/self-effacement (Jewel), and loyalty (Anse).

A thesis statement focusing on the varying modes of love explored in the novel could look like this:

  • Love is a term with many definitions. In William Faulkner’s novel, As I Lay Dying, several of these definitions are explored in ways both practical and psychological.