When formulating any thesis statement, or literary argument, it is important to make sure that you create a statement that is debatable. Observations and facts are not debatable, so the first step is to look at possible arguments you can create around the ideas contained in Flannery O'Connor's short story. Here are two examples of statements that are not debatable (and therefore, not thesis statements):
- The grandmother in O'Connor's short story might seem like a Christian, but she is actually a dishonest hypocrite.
- The grandmother's selfishness shows that she does not possess Christian values.
O'Connor discusses a variety of complex topics through the vehicle of the family car journey. Some examples include what it means to be a Christian, inter-generational family dynamics, and morality and its impact on society. Your first step is to select one of these topics and create a debatable statement that will function in your essay as your argument, or thesis statement.
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