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Formulating a Strong Thesis Statement

Dona Le - Friday, February 12, 2010

As soon as you begin writing essays in school, instructors always stress the importance of a strong thesis statement. The thesis statement serves as a launching pad, so to speak, for the rest of your essay. A poorly written or weak thesis statement will sap the strength of your ensuing argument; on the other hand, a clear and well-argued thesis will garner the reader’s interest and lend additional structure to your essay. Through your thesis, you articulate to the reader the topic and purpose of the text.

More Than a Topic Indicator

Your thesis must reveal more to the reader than simply the topic of the essay. In fact, the entire introduction already serves that purpose. A good introduction presents pertinent background information regarding the topic at hand, so that your thesis is couched in a relatable, comprehensive context.

State Your Argument

Instead of simply glossing over the points you will mention in your essay, the thesis statement must present your argument. This is another way to confirm whether or not you have developed a strong argument for your paper, too!  You should be able to encapsulate a compelling argument or present a discussable viewpoint within this single-sentence thesis.

Be Specific, Clear, and Concise

For a thesis statement to be compelling, you must avoid generalizations and bland statements. Your thesis should be able to elicit a conscious response from the reader – whether “agree” or “disagree” – instead of being a mere observation or recounting of facts. In order to make your argument clear, you should be as specific as possible in your thesis. Furthermore, present your argument concisely, without trying to cram in every point you will make later in the essay. After all, those details will be explored in the rest of the essay!

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