THEME & THESIS STATEMENT What would be a good thesis statement if I were to use "betrayal" as my theme? What would be a good thesis statement if I were to use "technology" as my theme?

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The Hunt for Red October was also one of the first "techno-thrillers" with an increased focus on real-life technology. Considering that it is now 28 years out-of-date, you might do something on the technology of the nuclear submarine then and now; alternatively, you could write a thesis on recent innovations that would affect the story if it were written today.

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You might want to rephrase your proposed thesis statement as follows:

In Tom Clancy's novel The Hunt for Red October, Marko Ramius feels compelled to betray his own country so he can be true to his own highest ethical values.

 

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If you think about the theme of technology, you could analyse the way in which increasingly sophisticated technology forces characters into situations where they have to make ever more complex moral decisions for not only the good of their own country but the good of the world.

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Here is another theme on betrayal. You can explore the topic of betrayal from many different perspectives. For example, you can talk about betrayal from the perspective of personal beliefs (being untrue to yourself), nation or national interest, and humanity. What makes this more complicated is when there is inconsistency. Is it possible to be true to self and humanity, but not your country. Is this betrayal? There is a lot of explore.

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I was more interested in your second theme. In terms of technology, I would wonder how technology forces us into certain choices. If you like that idea, you could address which choices you think technology forces in The Hunt for Red October and the effects.
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For betrayal, you might talk about what it actually means to betray a person or a country.  Did Ramius actually betray the Soviet Union?  Did he really have a moral obligation to be loyal to them?  Your thesis could give a view on that topic.

 

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