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Creating a viable thesis statement is a secret of success in academic writing. When creating a thesis, remember that you are trying to persuade a reader of a point.. Having an insightful argument is going to lead to a more interesting paper. Consider David Williams’ description of a strong thesis (Williams, 2004.):

In anything you write, you need to be making an argument. This doesn’t have to be an angry confrontational argument. Nor does it have to be profound. But there must be some point to it all, some message you are trying to get across. If you cannot imagine anyone disagreeing with what you’re are saying, then your paper is not an argument. A paper saying the sky looks blue on a sunny day is not an argument. A paper arguing against wife-beating or racism is equally pointless. Who would disagree? You need to go beyond safe conventional moralisms and say something. Instead of merely denouncing wife-beating, argue that alcohol taxes ought to be raised to pay for federally funded women’s shelters. That’ll get you into an argument in any bar in America. (p. 13)

Williams, D. (2004). Sin boldly!: Dr. Dave’s guide to writing the college paper (2nd ed.). New York: Basic Books. 

Choose one of the essay topics listed below; develop a thesis statement



  • Point of View: Explore the concept of self as ‘other’ in Jumpa Lahiri’s Hell-Heaven.
  • Character: Analyze the relationship between narrator and author in the work of Margaret Atwood. (Focus on Happy Endings, Spelling, and This is a Photograph of Me.)
  • Imagery: How does Edgar Allen Poe use imagery to further plot in The Fall of the House of Usher or The Cask of Amontillado? Be sure to consider exposition, complication (rising action), falling action (denouement), and resolution (hamartia)
  • Explore the interplay between rhythm, imagery, and metaphor in the work of Langston Hughes. Focus on five poems.
  • How does Ibsen’s use of setting render the play A Doll’s House a work of Realism?
  • Explore the diction of William Shakespeare’s Othello by explaining the significance of the playwright’s deft maneuvering between prose and verse.
  • Explore the dynamics between visual art and poetry. To what affect do the allusions of both works relate? Please use two poets from the color insert in the text.



Choose five scholarly works that will be used in support of your thesis, and create an annotated bibliography in APA format.  For each source write a brief, three-sentence description of how the source will be used to illustrate your points. Use the template below to structure your work. Do not forget to start with your primary source (the literature you will be analyzing.) Use the Library link in the left navigation of the online classroom to access JSTOR, where you can find excellent literary resources.


Source 1: (Full APA Citation of Source):

Source 2: (Full APA Citation of Source):

Source 3: (Full APA Citation of Source):

Source 4: (Full APA Citation of Source):

Source 5: (Full APA Citation of Source):

Cite your resources in text and on the reference page



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