In Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers, what is a good thesis statement that relates to Eli's self identification, and where in the book is there good examples of it?

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Eli Sisters is the younger and more passive brother to domineering Charlie in Patrick DeWitt's postmodernist tale of two Western outlaws. One could argue that Eli's character journey is predicated on the competing notions of nature versus nurture—the fact that he was never really meant to be a killer for hire, that it's not in his DNA, and that his lot in life is purely a result of Charlie's influence.

There are numerous examples throughout the story of Eli struggling with his hardened external outlaw nature and his softer inner humanity, experiencing a...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on December 3, 2019