EXAMPLE OF THESIS STATEMENT Essay example

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Thesis Driven Essay Examples

Thesis: William Golding uses symbolism in the form of the conch to represents the concept of society. The boys’ evolving relationship with the conch illustrates that humans, when removed from the pressures of civilized authority, will become evil.

1st TS: In the beginning, the boys view the conch as an important symbol that unites them and gives them the power to deal with their difficult situation.

2nd TS: Gradually, however, the conch becomes less important to the boys, signifying their gradual turn to evil.


Thesis: In a Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens utilizes the character of Sidney Carton to show that a wasted life can be redeemed.

TS: When he first appears in the novel, Dickens
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In this example the topic of drugs has been narrowed down to illegal drugs and the detriment has been narrowed down to gang violence. This is a much more manageable topic.

We could narrow each debatable thesis from the previous examples in the following way:

Narrowed debatable thesis 1:
At least 25 percent of the federal budget should be spent on helping upgrade business to clean technologies, researching renewable energy sources, and planting more trees in order to control or eliminate pollution.

This thesis narrows the scope of the argument by specifying not just the amount of money used but also how the money could actually help to control pollution.

Narrowed debatable thesis 2:
America's anti-pollution efforts should focus on privately owned cars because it would allow most citizens to contribute to national efforts and care about the outcome.

This thesis narrows the scope of the argument by specifying not just what the focus of a national anti-pollution campaign should be but also why this is the appropriate focus.

Qualifiers such as "typically," "generally," "usually," or "on average" also help to limit the scope of your claim by allowing for the almost inevitable exception to the rule.
Types of claims

Claims typically fall into one of four categories. Thinking about how you want to approach your topic, in other words what type of claim you want to make, is one way…

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