I need help with my thesis statement on Henry David Thoreau?  I have to put free thought, importance of nature, self reliance all into a thesis statement, no questions. Current thesis statement:...

I need help with my thesis statement on Henry David Thoreau?

 

I have to put free thought, importance of nature, self reliance all into a thesis statement, no questions.

Current thesis statement: Henry David Thoreau was not like the average American because he was not materialistic which is showed in his free thought, importance of nature, and self-reliance ?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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I think your thesis is a good one. I would only revise it to say:

Henry David Thoreau was not like an average American because he was not materialistic which is shown in his value of free thought, importance of nature, and self-reliance.

Possible thesis statements below:

Because he valued free thought, importance of nature, and self-reliance, Henry David Thoreau lived as an individual who did not need materialism.

With a decision to avoid materialism, Henry David Thoreau lived off the land, practicing free thought and self-reliance while valuing the importance of nature.

As a unique American who did not need materialism, Henry David Thoreau valued free thought, self-reliance and the importance of nature.

I hope these thesis statements help. I have included some enotes links below that may help.

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jkab714 | eNotes Newbie

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Another possible thesis statement:

Henry David Thoreau was an unconventional, anti-materialist writer who advocated the power of free thought and meditated on the importance of nature in building not only self-reliance, but also individual conscience and self-actualization.

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