An argumentative essay and a research paper are generally two different types of written works. It seems that your assignment is for an argumentative essay. A thesis statement that lends itself well to debate takes a strong position on a topic. A research paper also will have a thesis, but the paper itself will be supported with evidence from a wide variety of sources rather than just from within the primary text.
The central character in Tillie Olsen’s story is a mother who has tried to do the right things to raise her daughter, Emily, who is now a young woman about to finish school. The mother reflects on many events in Emily’s life that have brought them to their current relationship. Emily seems to be an indifferent student and may be in trouble at school, as suggested by the letter that a school staffer has sent to her mother.
The mother, who is the first-person narrator, is reflecting on the past more than planning for the future. She seems to regard the future as Emily’s...
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