I need a thesis statement for my 10 page paper.I have to write a 10 page paper with a thesis of my choice that uses at least FOUR works read this semester for support. We have read Frankenstein,...

I need a thesis statement for my 10 page paper.

I have to write a 10 page paper with a thesis of my choice that uses at least FOUR works read this semester for support. We have read Frankenstein, 1984, Hamlet, Oedipus, "Allegory of the Cave," "Hills are like White Elephants," and "Story of an Hour."  Does anybody have any idea of a thesis that I could use, and then back up with support from these books/short stories.

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In this case, the proper course of action would be to read, or at least skim, all the material covered, and then pick one thing that you think links the four selected works.

For example, if you chose Frankenstein, Hamlet, 1984, and Hills Like White Elephants, you could link them by the nature of power and corruption. It is easy to see in the first three: Victor Frankenstein is corrupted by his need to play God and he is unable to control the power he uses; Claudius poisons Hamlet's father to gain control of the throne, but then has to continue his vendetta against Hamlet himself; power for its own sake is the motive of the Party and Big Brother in 1984. The theme is less obvious in Hills Like White Elephants; in the end, the American is relentlessly passive-aggressive in speaking with Jig, who is pregnant with his child, and eventually pressures her into agreeing to an abortion.

Each of these works deals with the nature of power, control, and corruption. Your thesis could be: "Power over another person is the first step into dishonesty." You could make it much more complex than that, or choose another theme altogether.

The important thing to remember is that a thesis must be either proven or disproven by the material covered in the paper. You could write a thesis on the inner goodness of humankind and then disprove it using the same basic information as the other thesis statement above. In either case, make sure to cite and source all quotations and outside information in the Bibliography.

A good place to start is the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University; it has all the information you need about format and citations. For the rest of it, use the eNotes and Salem study guides provided here on the eNotes site. Do searches for each work and find something they have in common, and then decide on your thesis. After you outline your paper, everything should flow smoothly.

Good luck!

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