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What is a thesis?

A thesis is a proposition expressed as a statement intended to be discussed, proven, or disproven. A thesis is more specific than a theme.

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Last Updated May 26, 2023.

A thesis is a proposition expressed as a statement intended to be discussed, proven, or disproven. A thesis is more specific than a theme. 

A thesis novel or play (a problem novel or play) is a literary work that advances, demonstrates, or defends a particular thesis. 

A thesis can also refer to the unstressed syllable in a metrical foot.

The word thesis comes from Latin, where it means “unaccented syllable in poetry,” from Greek, where it means “a proposition, a downbeat (music), position,” from the word tithenai, meaning “to put, lay down.”

Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is a thesis play that explores gender inequality and female agency.

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