It should be true but arguable not obviously or patently true, but one alternative among severalbe limited enough in scope to be argued in a short composition and with available evidence, and get to the heart of the text or topic being analyzed not be peripheral. It should be stated early in some form and at some point recast sharply not just be impliedand it should govern the whole essay not disappear in places. Your motive should be aimed at your audience:
Here's an example from literature.
A frequent argument students will make is "This author used symbolism to make his point. Thus, to attempt to single out or make a distinction of a piece for using "symbolism" is to not say anything that even needs proving to begin with. A simple thesis statement is not quite what it may sound like.
A simple thesis statement means that only one main point or argument is going to be proved. The term "simple argument" can thus be misleading because the argument itself can and frequently is very theoretically sophisticated. What makes them simple is that in terms of their logical structure, they only take on one line of proof, and hence, their organization of proof will be simple.
The example here would be the argument that "Star Wars belongs within the Western Genre. Simple thesis statements are eminently preferable in terms of writing an essay for a course. It allows you to focus on your points and your proofs rather than getting lost in the organization of your arguments.
A complex thesis statement means that the thesis has more than one point to prove. In this respect, the essay will have to organize more than one line of reasoning in so far that more than one thing has to be proven.
Complex theses are not necessarily more theoretically sophisticated than simple thesis statements, they are only more difficult to organize clearly.
In this respect, they are not worth what they entail and should be avoided.
An example of a complex thesis statement would be something like: To begin with, it is not clear what the writer has to gain in terms of proving BOTH of these aspects of the work rather than just the one. Instead, with this complex thesis, there are going to be long sections of the essay where half of what needs to be proved will be left suspended while the other half gets discussed.
In addition, the thesis picks "the work" of Faulkner which necessitates discussing every book, rather than just one. Thus it is that an important convention of the academic essay is that: A complex thesis statement can usually be restructured into a more theoretically sophisticated if not interesting simple thesis statement.
The impossible thesis statement is a kind of corollary of the banal thesis statement insofar as you want to stay away from it. Rather than saying something which is evident or meaningless, however, the impossible thesis statement puts forward something which cannot reasonably be proved, as a result of there being no agreed upon or stable criteria from which to render conclusions.
Examples of impossible statements abound, but the one most related to this course would be "The Plague is great art," or "The Plague is the most realistic of all Camus' novels.
Take the first one. What distinguishes between "good" art and "great" art?
Furthermore, the essay would not be able to point to a stable definition of "art", a concept that art historians, artists, and cultural critics have been arguing over for centuries.
The latter thesis has a similar problem since "realistic" is not a stable concept with firm criteria. Making an Argument As stated earlier, the academic essay is an exercise in reasoned persuasion. In this respect, the thesis statement is an important organizational structure insofar as it establishes how the rest of the essay will be organized.What this handout is about This handout will define what an argument is and explain In academic writing, an argument is combines elements of.
In this lesson, you'll learn what academic writing is and how to write an academic essay. You'll get to take a look at an example, and then test.
Essays can be written many different ways, but the traditional five-paragraph essay has essential elements that transcend all essay writing. Proper planning and organization is required when. Essential Elements of Academic Writing. A. Structure. Introduction • Includes a thought, question, quote, or other literary device to spark interest in the.
Elements of the Academic define your terms or assumptions Elements of the Academic Essay. The Academic Essay. The academic essay is but in order to do so will have to establish the elements that They will not only have to define what the.