Loss of Innocence - Thesis & Plans DevelopmentCan someone help me think of a thesis and 3 plans of development for the topic Loss of Innocence? => 1 plan is for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird...

Loss of Innocence - Thesis & Plans Development

Can someone help me think of a thesis and 3 plans of development for the topic Loss of Innocence?

=> 1 plan is for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird

=> 1 plan is for the novel Lord of the Flies

=> 1 plan is for a short story ...

I don't know what story in Elements of English 10 has the theme of Loss of Innocence. Can someaone help me with that, too?

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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While your topic is loss of innocence, you still need to refine that topic in order to develop a thesis. You might start by making a chart. Place each story title at the top of a column. Try to determine how the stories are alike and how they are difference in reference to your topic. Use this chart to begin brainstorming ideas for your thesis. You will need to determine how loss of innocence is applicable to each story before you begin seaching for evidence. You may also want to double check your assignment. This is a rather indepth topic for a standard five paragraph essay. It will be difficult to fit two fully developed examples in one paragraph. If you are writing a five paragraph essay, it will be even more important for your thesis to be extremely narrow. Otherwise, your paper will simply read as a jumble of excerpts from stories rather than a cohesive proof of your thesis.
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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Open that textbook to the table of contents and type the titles of the short stories that are in that textbook so that one of the editors here at enotes might be able to make a suggestion as to which title would work for your paper.

You should also start brainstorming about your theme. How are the two novels alike? What do the children learn? What brought about the loss of innocence? How do they feel after the loss? That will help give your essay more focus.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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If you can list the titles of some of the stories in that book, I will try to help you.

In the meantime, you might be able to deal with that theme by exploring it in To Kill a Mockingbird.  A case can be made that all three of the children -- Jem, Scout, and Dill -- lose a certain amount of innocence by the end of the novel. Jem watches his father lose the court case even though Jem thinks Atticus has made a strong argument. Jem actually cries when Atticus loses. Scout is attacked at the end of the book and is thus loses any innocent assumption that most adults can be trusted (or at least that they would never harm children). Dill comes from a broken home and therefore can be said to have lost some innocence in that respect.

Good luck!

 

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sakura-park | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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If you can list the titles of some of the stories in that book, I will try to help you.

In the meantime, you might be able to deal with that theme by exploring it in To Kill a Mockingbird.  A case can be made that all three of the children -- Jem, Scout, and Dill -- lose a certain amount of innocence by the end of the novel. Jem watches his father lose the court case even though Jem thinks Atticus has made a strong argument. Jem actually cries when Atticus loses. Scout is attacked at the end of the book and is thus loses any innocent assumption that most adults can be trusted (or at least that they would never harm children). Dill comes from a broken home and therefore can be said to have lost some innocence in that respect.

Good luck!

 

Thank you for your answer. I don't really understand what you were telling me to do like "list the titles of some of the stories in that book"!

I have an essay to do and my teacher asked me to use 2 novels, which are To Kill a Mockingbird and Lord of the Flies and a short story, which I don't know yet. A regular essay has 3 body paragraphs, for each of the body paragraph, I have to use 2 examples from 1 of the book as an arguement. The problem is I haven't come up a thesis and 3 plans of development yet. Can you help me with that?

Also, do you know any of the short stories in Elements of English 10 that has a theme Loss of Innocence?

Thank you!

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