What could the thesis be for my literary essay on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt? I have already determined what potential topics of discussion are. I am having trouble coming up with a thesis...

What could the thesis be for my literary essay on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt? I have already determined what potential topics of discussion are.

I am having trouble coming up with a thesis for my literary essay on Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. I already know what aspects of McCourt's style of writing i would like to touch on. These are things such as:

- No quotations, which makes it difficult to identify the speaker

- The innocent tone used throughout the memoir

- Slang (i.e. words are spelled as though they were being pronounced with an Irish accent)

- Various songs and poems placed throughout the memoir. This takes away from the ongoing negative mood.

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Concerning your question about Angela's Ashes, I suggest you assert in your thesis what the details you mention contribute to the novel.  In other words, your research question might be:  what purpose do the elements you mention serve?

For instance:

The speaker's use of an innocent tone, Irish dialect, and Irish songs and poetry contribute to/establish/reflect/provide background for the setting of the work.  (You choose.)

or

The speaker's use of an innocent tone,...contribute to the theme.

or

The speaker's use of an innocent tone,...provide unity in the work.

You can take any angle you want that you can provide evidence for.  Analyze the elements you mention and determine what their effect is on the novel, and declare that in your thesis.

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