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Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 21st 2010, 08:28 PM

I have to write an analysis on a play (the topic is "discuss why the play is an effective play" and the real trouble I have is writing a thesis sentence. According to my teacher, I have to have an opinion in it. And the paper, she suggests that I discuss the characters in the play, setting, tone, etc and relate it to the central theme.

The play is about a young couple who aren't ready to have a child. The play is very complicating, so basically I write down some notes...so I know some things, but I don't know exactly what's going on.

Where would you begin? How would you set up your essay?

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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 21st 2010, 08:46 PM

First off I would make sure I did understand the piece I was writing about. Perhaps Google the play, look for annotated versions or academic sites discussing the play. You may also find some papers or articles online discussing similar points of the play.

If you can't find anything, break the play into small sections tackling them one by one. Write individual notes and try to gain an understanding this way. Instead of reading it as one massive piece it may be easier to work out. At least I find so.
   
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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 21st 2010, 11:29 PM

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The Play About The Baby was an interesting play because of Albee’s effective use of character, tone, and point-of-view.


Would that be considered a good thesis sentence?
   
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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 22nd 2010, 12:56 AM

I don't really understand american essays but does it not have to have a question or something like "Explore the ways in which Albee's use of character, tone and point-of-view effectively created an interesting play".

Oh and personally I'd change it to something like "Explore the methods Albee employs to engage the attention of the audience in his work The Play About The Baby".

And then in my essay talk about character, tone, point-of-view. But that's just me . Just that way if you ran out of things to say you could bring in other factors like language, symbolisim, imagery and stage directions.


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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 22nd 2010, 12:59 AM

I think the best way to have a strong thesis is to just write the paper. You don't have to specifically have a thesis, write your paper. Don't stress over the thesis, and one will arrive without you noticing until you re-read and edit it.



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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 22nd 2010, 01:11 AM

A quote is a great introductory sentence. And you can build off the quote throughout your paper.


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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 22nd 2010, 03:03 AM

I find that it's usually easier to just ignore the thesis sentence and write the paper as long as you know what you're going to write. Once it's all written, then construct the introduction and thesis sentence. This includes writing up the conclusion as once you have the conclusion, which summarizes your paper, you can then condense that into the thesis sentence in the beginning. In the thesis sentence though, try to state the central theme of the play, the author of the play, the name of the play and the literary elements you discuss, such as symbolism, characters, etc... . You may also want to mention the actual names of the characters within the thesis sentence especially if there are only a few characters you're discussing.
   
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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 22nd 2010, 03:09 AM

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I think the best way to have a strong thesis is to just write the paper. You don't have to specifically have a thesis, write your paper. Don't stress over the thesis, and one will arrive without you noticing until you re-read and edit it.
Exactly all throughout my four years of College, I'd focus on the body paragraphs first and then - at the very end slightly summarize what I'm addressing in the intro then completely summarizing it firmly as the conclusion. Hasn't failed me yet.
   
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Re: Thesis Sentences (urgent) - February 22nd 2010, 07:56 PM

Yeah, it's a good idea to just save the hardest part for last...but is it true that each body paragraph has to do with the thesis sentence? Or what's the deal with the first sentence with each body paragraph?
   
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