I was wondering if this would be an appropriate thesis statement regarding the use of mood in To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm a bit stuck.Here: In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses...

I was wondering if this would be an appropriate thesis statement regarding the use of mood in To Kill a Mockingbird. I'm a bit stuck.

Here:

In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses imagery to create mood.

I'm not sure if I need to add more? The assignment is to choose one mood and give 3 examples of quotes to support it. Help is appreciated.

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think you are going to have to make this thesis statement more specific.  Right now, you are saying that imagery creates mood, but that is a very general statement. Since your paper is meant to support or prove your thesis statement, the reader needs to know what kind of mood the imagery creates, so the reader can assess the success of your support for it.

I do not know if whether or not you have already chosen your imagery examples, but if you have, you need to evaluate the mood that they are creating.  Sometimes we need to work "backwards" when we are creating a thesis statement because we are still exploring what point it is we want to make.  If you have three examples, ask how you can characterize the mood they evoke.  That will form the basis of your thesis.

We will be happy to look at your next version.  Good luck!

madipadi | Student

Give specific examples of HOW the imagery creates the mood. Right now this is too open. say what images create what moods and then give supporting details. If this is gonna be your opening sentence you definetly want to be a lot more specific. If you're supposed to pick one mood state that mood in the thesis.

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