Is this a good thesis for the story "Happing Endings"?

 In "Happy Endings" Atwood, through the elements of writing, argues that "how" and "why" something happens is far more important than the mere "what" happened because the beginning and the middle of the story contains the theme and the end will always be the same; they die.

this is the prompt for the assignment

Writing Task:

Explain how your close reading of a short story reveals the relationship between significant parts of the story and the whole. More specifically, select one short story from the list below and identify its theme. Then explain in detail how the elements: plot sequence, characters, point of view, tone, and/or setting contribute to and reflect the theme of the story

I will write on how the plot, characters, and point of view reflect this thesis.

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From your thesis, it is clear that you have a solid grasp on this fascinating story. I would, however, look at shortening your thesis slightly (specifically your description of your theme) to create a more clear singular point. Whenever a potential thesis seems too long, it is always worth seeing if you can transition some of what you've written in your thesis to either the introductory material leading up to your thesis or to your conclusion. Here are a couple of suggestions as you look at revising:

Firstly, since your writing prompt asks for identification of the theme and then for analysis of how the setup of the piece provides a vehicle for the theme, I would go in that order, while trying to look for a way to shorten the thematic part of your thesis statement. In the example below, I also included, instead of what you had previously as the general statement "the elements of writing," the specific qualities that you wanted to reflect on in the piece. Specificity is always a good...

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