What is a good thesis statement for a literary analysis paper on the book The Devil in the White City?  

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Great ways to analyze texts is to examine the themes, symbols, or ideologies presented in the writing.

For example, in EriK Larson's novel The Devil in the White City, one could examine technology, murder, need for power, or identity in the novel. Another way to examine the text is to analyze the one's desire to overcome the obstacle presented in the life of the protagonist. One last suggestion for analysis is the irony presented in the text.

Therefore, examples of thesis statements one could use for the novel would look like any of the following:

1. In Erik Larson's novel The Devil in the White City, the author shows the conflict which arises when one is in search for power.

2. In Erik Larson's novel The Devil in the White City, the author's use of irony plays into the the fact that regardless of one's ability to succeed, a person may not find true happiness.

3. In Erik Larson's novel The Devil in the White City, the author's use of suspense is meant to keep the reader engaged with both the characters and the storyline.

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