HMXP Thesis Statements 08 Summer
Here are your thesis statements from Paper Three. Work in
groups and start with different items. Evaluate each one in terms of the
following features and criteria:
- A thesis must have three parts:
- An “Although” clause that sets up the opposition
- An “I will argue that” clause that states the
paper’s position (a controversial idea about the focused topic)
- A “because” clause that anticipates the argument
- Ideally, all three parts of the thesis should be about
the focused topic.
- The thesis forges a connection to one of the texts in
- Things that a thesis is not: a fact, a question, a
truism, a huge generalization
- Although some Christians believe that being saved
requires performing good works, I will argue that my personal experience of
being saved by grace shows that Loury’s position [that he is ‘set free by
grace’] is correct because Christianity is part of who I am.
- Although Emerson stresses the importance of true
independence in developing self-reliance, after evaluating my own
experiences I will argue that a strong relationship with nature is key to
Emerson’s view of self-reliance because to rely on one’s self you have to
rely on nature.
- Although Menkiti’s comparison of the African and
Western countries customs of progressing through life emphasizes the
differences in obtaining full personhood, I will argue that the two cultures
are analogous in some aspects because most of my life was spent in an
environment that embodied a similar structure for becoming a fully fledged
member of my gymnastics society.
- Although society preaches conformity to “dead dogma”,
I argue that self-reliance is required by any “living truth”, because
testing one's beliefs is necessary to maintaining its integrity.
- Although Menkiti refers to the “processual nature of
being” (132) as a person being born always as “it”, and then eventually
becoming “he” or “she” after the society’s shaping process, I will argue
that this concept does not necessarily apply to the small status-freak city
where I came from.
- Although many youth are influenced by cigarette
advertisements, I will argue that the media does not have an impact on my
choice to become a smoker because I do not have a desire to follow society’s
pattern to destruction.
- Although it seems each individual has the capabilities
and the opportunity to express themselves, I will argue that not everyone
has the opportunity, and reaching the point of capability can be difficult,
as it was for the female interviewees in Belenky’s “Silence,” and for myself
because of the oppression of expression by my authority figures during my
childhood and adolescent years.
- Although some of my fellow officers would argue that
the uniformity that nepotism promotes is a virtue, I will use my negative
experience of nepotism in the NYPD to argue that it is inappropriate because
it makes a force less effective by dividing it into what Myers calls
“ingroup” and “outgroup”.
- Although my work as a maid fulfilled an innate desire
to help others, I will use my overall misery as a cleaning lady to argue
that I was alienated in the Marxist sense because I experienced estrangement
from my upcoming wedding plans, my ability to carry out dreams, and my inner
- Although my prosperity through real estate might be a
mere coincidence, I will argue that my success in this area stems from the
law of attraction because a pattern of success is likely to be more than a
- Although Marx’s argues that labor alienates laborers
in various ways with a negative affect, I will use my own personal
experience from working at a horse stable to argue that alienation can a
positive, because alienation for other human beings helped me connect to
nature and my inner self on a deeper level.
- I am seen as a black SKATEBOARDER by other African
Americans and a BLACK skateboarder to the other skateboarders.
- Although my husband, Ryan, and mine honeymoon was not
a fool’s paradise, I will argue that our vacation was an amazing getaway in
paradise, because of the time that we were able to spend alone as a newly
- Myers says in his text that a biased person can make
decisions in order to favorite his group, so it is possible to see why the
referee in Argentina did decide borderline manners favoring my opponent.