(Closed) Where did/do you find inspiration for an essay thesis statement?

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

@galloway111:

What about “going backwards”, by listing everything you could say about the execution, and then “grouping” statements, and then looking for a common theme?

I had an English Professor who always said “Say a lot about a little”.  So what can you say the “most” about.    He made us write one declarative statement.  (Statement X) and then write 3 statements about “Statement X”.   Your “Statement X” is the thesis of your paper, and the other 3 statements start the next 3 paragraphs.  I hope that helps!

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Busy bee
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So what about the execution of Louis XVI and the French Revolution?  Is there a prompt that forces you to argue for something?  Do you have to choose a particular “catalyst” for that event?

Maybe you can start vague and then rework your thesis after you’ve developed your paragraphs.  Honestly, that’s what I used to do.  My thesis always changed after I edited my paper. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
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@galloway111:

I have no idea how much this would help – but what would piss you off the most if someone were to say something you think is completely untrue about your topic? That would make you want to prove them wrong? Like, ‘he didn’t deserve to be executed’, or ‘his actions led directly to the revolution by the people’?

I tried to think about what the PP said – what small portion do I know the most about?

But I was also kinda bad and would start writing without a thesis, see where it started to head, and go back and edit my thesis statement.

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@creativeplannertobee: This is totally how I write! Seriously, one of the last things I always write is my thesis statement. That makes the most sense–I mean, that’s how we think. We don’t come to a conclusion and then go back and prove it. No, we think through all the points and all the evidence, see what type of argument we can construct, and then come to conclusion. It’s just that western writing styles don’t match the way we think. πŸ™‚

@galloway111: I’d start with a central question, something that requires an arguable answer. You obviously need some particular area to focus on to get you started, and if you have a question in mind, you’ll eventually come to an answer, which you can turn into your thesis statement. Good luck! 

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Sugar bee
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It kinda sounds like a compare/contrast essay….  and the last question can be your thesis :”how convincing are their proposals?”
Pick one that you agree with and compare the rest to them

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Bee Keeper
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@galloway111:

 

my quick thoughts – were the rhetorical techniques convincing or not – ‘they were not convincing because of a, b, and c.

They argue that he did not appear to feel guilty and was convinced he had not part in causing the revolution.

 

see how you can kind of turn that into an argument? someone else can say well they were convincing or he did feel guilty.

The revolutionaries use of  x, y, rhetorical techniques were not convincing in their argument of promoting execution of the king due to his perceived lack of fault in causing the uprising of the French citizens.

Obviously, I’d want an interesting intro (quote or something), and a little more lead-in, but I’d probably end up with something along those lines. It incorporates the points you need and gives you clear sections to divide the paper into.

Post # 12
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@imalittlebirdie:

hey, I think that’s it! Pick one or two similarly styled revolutionaries and say why they were the most/least convincing, had the best/worst arguments, and used the best/worst rhetorical techniques.

 

Bleh, hard to come up with stuff when your brain isn’t swimming with French Revolution knowledge πŸ˜›

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Bumble bee
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@galloway111: Glad to help! πŸ™‚ I’m glad that 3+ years of experience working with students in writing can come in handy around the hive. 

Post # 15
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  • Wedding: January 1993

@galloway111:

woot! glad you found something!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
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Also, for future reference your thesis statement does not necessarily need to be in the introduction.  You can always pose a question in the introduction and answer the question in your conclusion as your thesis statement.  That way, you can essentially build your paper before developing your actual thesis.

Just make sure you compare the question in your intro to the answer in your conclusion and make sure your answer (thesis) answers the question directly.

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