With respect to Joyce's Eveline, what could be a thesis statement for a 4 paragraph thematic essay about Eveline's family relationships?

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In my own opinion, one cannot effectively craft an essay to fit a thesis statement; rather, the thesis statement is crafted from the basic outline of your essay (whether this outline is formally written or not). A thesis provides the core foundations of your argument, which (in this case) must arise from your own perspective of the story in question. No one can tell you what your thesis can be; it needs to emerge out of your own viewpoint, concerning this short story you have read.

In any case, as a few notes of suggestion, I would keep in mind that James Joyce's Eveline is focused around a young woman facing a dilemma in which she is torn between two different possibilities and two different families (her current family, which she was born into, and a potential family she can create through marriage). This is a short story primarily focused on her own internal life, as she is torn between past and future, between the comfort of the familiar (even if it is miserable) and anxiety of the...

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