I need help writing a strong thesis statement on the topic: How does the father contribute to the theme? Can you give me suggestions? Thanks.I need help writing a strong thesis statement on the...

I need help writing a strong thesis statement on the topic: How does the father contribute to the theme? Can you give me suggestions? Thanks.

I need help writing a strong thesis statement on the topic: How does the father contribute to the theme? Can you give me suggestions? Thanks.

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The American Dream is the underlying theme in "Paul's Case."  Paul's father is a perfect example of this theme.

"Paul's father and the rest of Cordelia Street, a "perfectly respectable" middle-class neighborhood, believe in values of hard work, family and church."

Because Paul rejects this lifestyle, he is at odds with not only his father, but the American Dream itself.  He is determined to pursue an alternate course in his life and completely disregard the traditional choices that his father and others have made which they clearly believe is the only way to become successful and happy.

Paul wants the rewards of the American Dream, but does not want to work hard.  So, technically, he is inspired to achieve the material status that the American Dream can provide, but through a process that his father and the others do not approve of or support. 

Paul could be considered a victim of his father's ambition to achieve material success, the boy is inspired to want better things in life; he believes that money is everything.

Paul mocks the integrity of the American Dream by believing that the acquisition of wealth is what matters, not the method, hard work.  Without the hard work element, his accomplishments do not fit the theme, he is just a thief.   

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psitutor | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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What is your opinion of the father as part of the theme?

 

Now write it as a statement/your opinion

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