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What would be a good thesis statement for an essay theme on science and technology in three classic novels? I wrote an essay on the following essay theme:  What attitudes toward science and technology are held by the authors of The Time Machine, Fahrenheit 451, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? I wrote an argumentative essay proving that the authors were ambivalent about the progress of science and technology and how it would affect society and mankind.

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From what you've said, it sounds as if you've written your essay already, presumably having therefore explored the attitudes these different authors take to the question of science and technology and the benefits or disadvantages of these for society. That's a good point to start for a thesis statement: the thesis statement should be derived from the existing evidence, rather than crafted first and then evidence plugged into the essay in an attempt to fit it.

Effectively, a "thesis statement" simply summarizes the opinion you are presenting in the essay to follow. In your case, then, you've determined and argued that the authors were ambivalent about the possible effects society and technology might have upon society and mankind. So, to turn this around into a thesis statement, we might say:

"While the authors of The Time Machine, Fahrenheit 451 and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde share a strong focus on science and technology and their possible effects on society, they all appear...

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