What is a good thesis statement for Dee in the short story "Everyday Use?"

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A thesis statement is a clear and concise expression that ascertains how you feel, or what you think, about something specific. In this case, what you want is to make a statement about Dee that you can support with evidence from the story, whether it is done with characters' quotes, or citing events that take place in it. 

This being said, think about Dee and all the different things you can opine about her. It really all depends on what point of view you will take regarding Dee: Are you going to be partial, impartial, or neutral toward her character? Your point of view will be vital to the defense of your argument because it will help guide you in finding supporting facts. 

Here are some ideas that you could use for a writing on Dee:

  • Dee's embrace of her African heritage is mostly superficial.

A statement like this needs to be followed by two or more examples from the story that will support it. One of these examples could be that Dee seems to be more focused on the outer appearance of...

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