Is the thesis of this introduction paragraph clear and a theme?I am having some trouble creating a good thesis that is both clear to the reader/teacher and is a theme.  Here is the essay prompt:...

Is the thesis of this introduction paragraph clear and a theme?

I am having some trouble creating a good thesis that is both clear to the reader/teacher and is a theme. 

Here is the essay prompt: This essay will be a combination of of thematic and character analysis. You will develop an essay which explores a theme. The theme you choose must be one that can be supported through two characters from two different stories.

The two stories: Flannery O'Connor's "Good Country People" Character: Hulga and Maxine Kong Kingston's "No Named Woman" character: the unnamed aunt.

here is mycurrent introduction:

It is a common, distinguishable fact that almost every society has their own viewpoints on the separation of humans based on obvious biological differences. Two other facts are that the social roles of both male and female humans are constantly being redefined and those roles are also different in almost every culture and country. In this modern era, women are constantly being expected to overcome many different pressures and expectations being forced upon them by the societies they live in.

Is the thesis a theme? If not I would greatly appreciate the help

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As I understand it, you do not have to have a theme in your introduction but to write an essay which explores a common theme in two stories. Your current introduction sounds all right, but you need to add another sentence at the end in which you say something like: The following essay will explore a common theme which run two different short stories: "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor, and "No Names Woman" by Maxine Kong Kingston." The common theme in these two stories is (whatever you want to say it is) social pressure experienced by women, or whatever. I haven't read either of these stories, so I can't help with defining the theme. But your introduction doesn't have to have a theme itself. I don't believe you need to name the female characters in the introduction, although that would be one of the first things you would want to do in your discussions of the two stories.

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