What are some points for the story "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich? My theme is: "Initially as a common hardship, innocent people tend to go through challenging obstacles, subsequently traumatizing...

What are some points for the story "The Leap" by Louise Erdrich?

My theme is: "Initially as a common hardship, innocent people tend to go through challenging obstacles, subsequently traumatizing them through a tragic circumstance, ultimately leading to their downfall."

My topic sentence is:"In the story “The Leap,” the author Louise Erdrich, through characters, conveys a traumatizing realization of one's limitations which initially begins as a common hardship, until innocent people go through challenging obstacles, subsequently traumatizing them through a tragic circumstance, leading into their downfall." 

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In contrast to the theme stated above, there is, instead, a strong argument that the protagonist of Louise Eldrich's story, "The Leap" has successfully overcomes the "traumatizing obstacles" in her life. Indeed, in the view of the narrator, the mother becomes heroic, exhibiting strength and skill that conquers the challenges that present themselves in her life. In fact, she acts as a model of heroic action for her daughter.

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Here, then, is a suggestion for a thesis statement which should better relate to the narrative and, thus, be easier to support :

When traumatizing hardships present themselves, there are those who take "the leap of faith" in themselves and meet the challenge of obstacles in their way, prevailing against these hardships; Anna Avalon is such a person.

With this thesis, there are sufficient details in Louise Eldrich's narrative which will easily support it. Here are three points that support the suggested thesis that can, then, help form topic sentences for the paragraphs of the body of the essay:

  • When the terrible thunderstorm sends damaging winds and a bolt of lightning to the circus tent, toppling it, Anna Avalon survives her flight through the air by courageously turning her body and grabbing the electrified guide wires.
  • While she is hospitalized from the fall, with the aid of her attending physician who falls in love with her, Anna makes a "leap" from illiteracy to literacy and opens a new world to herself.
  • Faced with the crisis of the threat to her daughter's life, Anna again responds with courage and leaps from an overhanging tree branch onto the roof of her home and rescues her daughter, who is trapped in her burning bedroom. 

 

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