In my college lit. class we are writing a literary analysis of themes on A Separate Peace, I am having trouble with coming up with a thesis.
The thesis about internal conflicts with the characters in A Seperate Peace.
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A thesis statement gives a summary of the major point you intend to make in your writing. You are being asked to address the internal conflicts being experienced by one of the characters in A Separate Peace. This means your first decision is choosing which character you want to discuss in your analysis.
Once you have chosen your character, you can begin to consider the conflicts he experiences and the reasons for them. If you choose to use Gene as your subject, he experiences inner conflict with Finny throughout the story. Gene is basically pretty insecure regarding his abilities and position within the group of friends. He frequently suspects Finny of trying to undermine Gene's efforts as a student and as a friend, but he always comes back to treasuring Finny's friendship and finding himself the weaker of the pair.
Your thesis could address the simple fact of the conflict, or you might want to suggest a reason or reasons why the conflict exists. Then you would use the rest of your paper to support your proposal.
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