I need help with an essay I need to write! Any ideas or rough thesis statements would be great! Below is our topic. Thanks!We have discussed many novels this semester and all have characters...

I need help with an essay I need to write! Any ideas or rough thesis statements would be great! Below is our topic. Thanks!

We have discussed many novels this semester and all have characters who change and develop. This development can come in many different forms and through many different experiences but, in the end, the character always changes in significant ways. In this essay, choose three characters from the major pieces we've read and explain how they change in similar ways and how these journeys and their outcomes contribute to our understanding of the human condition.

The books we can choose from are the gospels Mark, Matthew and Luke, The Body of Christopher Creed, Things Fall Apart, and Dante's Inferno. Thanks!

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lhc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In general, I would advise that when you are choosing your characters, you look at things they say, things they do, how others react to them, and perhaps even direct description of these people by the author.  While the prompt you must write to is extremely common, I am always dismayed at the lack of concrete detail in student essays.  When tracing the change in a character, and/or comparing the character to another, you can begin by starting with the type of person the character was at the beginning, and compare him or her with the other character(s) at the beginning of the novel.  Again, focus on what the character says and does, as well as others' perceptions of him or her as you assign him/her character traits.  Then, as you move through your essay, you can easily prove changes in the person's character through their statements, actions, and the perceptions of others. 

lfawley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Start by listing the main characters. Then, list the changes that each character makes. You can use a Venn Diagram for this. Once you have your characters listed, look at points of overlap among them. This will give you a place to start. Then, consider what is similar between the three that you choose and use that as a way to craft your thesis. You will end up with something along the lines of "Character X, Y, and Z in works X, Y and Z, all undergo a transformation...."


Ultimately, this is a paper that will require you to decide which three works you wish to consider, which characters from those works you will focus on, and then what aspect of each character undergoes a change and to what extent.

readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think one of the best way to approach this project is to pick a person like Peter from the gospels. There is a lot of information on him and you can trace his character. He is sort of a hot head who promises everything and very zealous, but in the end he denies Christ three times. There are a lot of things that you can say about his psychology. Finally, you can also talk about his restoration. You can ask the question, "what caused Peter to act the way he did?" Or you can ask the question, "What allowed Peter to be one of the leaders of the early church, when he messed up so much?"

copelmat eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Perhaps the best way to approach this assignment and to narrow your selection is to begin listing how the various characters change. From your lists, the characters who change the most might begin to identify which three works you might write about. Obviously, selecting the characters you believe have changed the most will give you the most to write about!

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
If I were you, I would make a list of all of the major characters and how each of them has changed in the work. Once you've done that, review your lists for similarities. Then you can go back to those specific work for evidence in the form of quotes.