What is the difference between title and thesis statement?

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A "title" is the name of something. The title of a piece of writing may refer to the main character or a major event; it may be a significant phrase from the work; it may be intended primarily to catch the interest of potential readers.

A "thesis statement" is an introduction of the position a writer is going to take or a summary of a topic when presenting an argument, opinion, or providing information. The thesis statement is usually part of the first paragraph of a written work and helps the reader to prepare to receive and understand whatever information will be covered in the rest of the piece.

A thesis statement is usually followed by statements that briefly set out each of the points that will be further developed in the body of the writing to support the argument or opinion or to provide information in further detail about the topic of the piece.