I need a good thesis statement using the information entered belowI am trying to come up with a good thesis statement for my research paper. The characters in both novels, those who are both poor...

I need a good thesis statement using the information entered below

I am trying to come up with a good thesis statement for my research paper.

The characters in both novels, those who are both poor and homeless yet not hopeless, were treated with great sympathy and respect by Steinbeck. These were his portrayals of those in American life who live on the fringe of society--powerless, exploited, and unacknowledged. In them, however, Steinbeck found courage, compassion, endurance, selflessness, and dignity. The dramatic--and some would say shocking--conclusion of each of these novels speaks to these qualities. Steinbeck's homeless are humble people of humble means, but they embody the best aspects of the human

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Your thesis is on the right track. You need to shorten it and make it more succinct. Use the rest of the information as evidence later on. You want to make the beginning interesting, but not provide too much information right away to bog down the thesis.
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John Steinbeck's treatment of his humble, homeless characters demonstrates the inherent dignity and worth all people, regardless of their means.

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I'm really familiar with this passage (in reference to Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath) because I wrote it in an eNotes answer! I'm glad you found it meaningful and want to base your research paper on these ideas. Part of the passage is missing, however. Add "condition" to the last sentence, and you may have an idea for your thesis:

Steinbeck's homeless characters embody the best aspects of the human condition.

Do you believe this is true? Can you explain and support it through his literature that you have read? Also, you should be able to find a great deal of secondary source material that addresses this idea. Much has been written about Steinbeck's personal experiences with the poor, especially during the American Depression, and his sympathy for them. Also, be sure to read Steinbeck's acceptance speech when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy researching and writing your paper.

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I'm really familiar with this passage (in reference to Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath) because I wrote it in an eNotes answer! I'm glad you found it meaningful and want to base your research paper on these ideas. Part of the passage is missing, however. Add "condition" to the last sentence, and you may have an idea for your thesis:

Steinbeck's homeless characters embody the best aspects of the human condition.

Do you believe this is true? Can you explain and support it through his literature that you have read? Also, you should be able to find a great deal of secondary source material that addresses this idea. Much has been written about Steinbeck's personal experiences with the poor, especially during the American Depression, and his sympathy for them. Also, be sure to read Steinbeck's acceptance speech when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy researching and writing your paper.

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I think you might have better luck with saying that Steinbeck's thought is that nothing turns out for anyone. Certainly poverty has something to do with it, but Steinbeck survived the Great Depression quite well. Look at the lives of each character in the book. George and Lenny lost their dream. Crooks had to live in the barn because he was black. Candy was old and his dog, his only companion really, was shot. Curley was nothing. His only authority came from the fact that his father was the boss. He was further impotent because he had to use the hand he kept in the vaseline filled glove to sexually satisfy his wife. His wife didn't even have a nickname. She had no identity at all beyond "Curley's wife". She finally decided to leave Curley and died. Even the boss failed. Look at the jerk he had for a son. I would think a thesis statement might be something like "The major theme of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men is that all men's great plans are doomed to eventual failure.

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princeone,

Using the information given, a thesis should be interesting, arguable, and enjoying to prove.

The characters in both novels, those who are both poor and homeless yet not hopeless, were treated with great sympathy and respect by Steinbeck. These were his portrayals of those in American life who live on the fringe of society--powerless, exploited, and unacknowledged. In them, however, Steinbeck found courage, compassion, endurance, selflessness, and dignity. The dramatic--and some would say shocking--conclusion of each of these novels speaks to these qualities. Steinbeck's homeless are humble people of humble means, but they embody the best aspects of the human

Try this: John Steinbeck's characters, who live on the fringe of society, are poor and homeless, yet hopeful for a better day, and demonstrate the indomitable American qualities of courage, endurance, selflessness, and dignity. These characteristics are revealed through Steinbeck's (adjective) diction, (adjective) imagery, and (adverb) (noun) dialogue.

I will let you use your own vocabulary skills to fill in the descriptive blanks. By explicitly separating your controlling ideas, your organization will be easier, and your structure will enable you to write your paper in a more controlling manner, whether your controlling ideas become topic sentences for paragraphs or chapters. 

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