Main characters usually learn a lesson in a story, why is that? And how could that be transformed into a thesis statement?I'm having some serious trouble coming up with an answer.. Any help would...

Main characters usually learn a lesson in a story, why is that? And how could that be transformed into a thesis statement?

I'm having some serious trouble coming up with an answer.. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thank you!

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I suspect that your biggest problem is that you are trying to cover too big a subject in a short paper. Wouldn't it be a lot easier to write about one main character who learns one lesson in one story? If you try to generalize too much about many different characters in many different stories and novels, it could be extremely difficult to come up with a thesis statement that would fit them all. I know I would hate to have to try to do it, and I have been writing about literature for many years. Some main characters learn lessons as the result of the experience narrated in their story, but it may not be true that most main characters learn lessons. Some main characters may not learn anything, although the reader may learn a great deal from the vicarious experience.

I suggest that you pick out one story and identify the main character and the lesson he or she has learned. It would be easier to do this with a short story than with a novel, if you can get by with it. The main character in the story you choose may not be consciously aware of having learned a lesson, but that character should have changed as a result of the experience, and the lesson learned will be implicit in the change.

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