Can I deliver with my planned categories what I promise in my thesis?
Tips and Tools for Writing a Thesis and Topic Sentences for a Literary Essay
First gather lots of ideas about the text you’ve read. Be sure you read closely, really noticing stuff and then write “The idea I have about this is…” Use thought prompts to write long. Reread, looking for ideas that are true and interesting. Box them and write more about them. Then reread again, looking for ideas that are true and interesting.
Pay attention to characters and their traits, wants, struggles, changes, and lessons. Think about the whole-story as a story of a character who wants something, struggles, and then changes or learns a lesson.
Think about the issues in your life and think, “How does this story go with my issue?” This can help you find something to say that really matters to you.
Ask, “What’s this story really about?” Look how the author wrote it, and think, “Why did the author do this?” Expect the author to make craft decisions which highlight the meaning the author hopes to convey.
Reread all your ideas and find things that seem interesting and true and important. Compile these.
Maybe write, “Some people think this is a story about… but I think it is really about…” Consider whether your thesis addresses the internal as well as the external storyline of the text under study.
Write your thesis and plan your paragraphs. Your paragraphs might be organized to show how your thesis is true at the beginning and the end of the story, or in one way and another way, for one reason or another reason.
Reread your thesis with lawyer’s eyes. Look at what you have promised to prove and make sure you can do that. Check every word. Be sure your subordinate claims match your thesis. Rewrite over and over.
How to Angle a Story to Make a Point
Begin the story by reiterating the point you want to make.
Mention what the character does not do as a way to draw attention to what the character does do.
Repeat the key words from the main idea/topic sentence often.
Gabriel is determined. An example is when he finds the cat.
Gabriel is determined. We see this when he looks and looks for the cat.
Gabriel is determined. When he hears a cry, he gets up to look for what is making the sound. He peers into the alley. He finds the cat.
Gabriel is determined. When he hears a cry, he doesn’t just glance around the source of it. He actually gets up and walks down the street, looking for the source. He doesn’t just glance in the alleys—he peers into them. When he hears the noise a second time, he walks faster and searches more. Other people might just glance around, looking for the source of the noise, but Gabriel’s determination makes him look until he spots the tiny kitten.