Developing Your Thesis Statement
A thesis statement can be one of the greatest unifying forces in an essay. A good thesis holds together the various parts of a paper by presenting your particular interest in the subject and pointing towards the paperís development. Often a thesis statement will be expressed in a sentence or two at the end of the introduction and will act as a map of the essay to come; the thesis tells the reader both where you are going and why you want to go there.
Writing to Find Your Thesis
By the time you reach the final draft of your essay, you should have a strong, robust thesis statement that will be a powerful guide to your reader. However, the process of writing itself is often how you find and develop your thesis statement. While engaging with your subject, you will discover new points and your position may change. Your thesis statement might therefore become both longer and more complex. Remember that this means you are making a larger promise to your reader and in order to fulfill that promise, you may have to write more: as your thesis grows, so does the length and depth of your essay.
|For example, look at the three stages of the thesis statement below and see how it develops. How strong and interesting are the thesis statements? Ask yourself what the writer would have to do to prove each of them.
1. Sexuality plays an important role in both Nicholson Bakerís The Mezzanine, and Jennie Livingstonís Paris is Burning.
2. In both Nicholson Bakerís The Mezzanine, and Jennie Livingstonís Paris is Burning sexuality plays an important role because it is an essential part of forming anyoneís identity.
3. In both Nicholson Bakerís The Mezzanine, and Jennie Livingstonís Paris is Burning sexuality plays an important role because it is an essential part of forming a personís identity. However, in order for the personalities in both of these works to find their identities and sexualities, they had first to recognize themselves as consumers.
Reevaluating Your Thesis
After you have written the first draft of your essay, ask yourself whether you have fulfilled your promise to the reader. You may find that the content of your essay does not match your original thesis statement. If this is the case, you will need to alter your thesis to match the content of your essay. You may have to refine your thesis in order to accurately tell the reader where you are going.