Compare this to the original weak thesis. This final thesis presents a way of interpreting evidence that illuminates the significance of the question. Keep in mind that this is one of many possible interpretations of the Civil War_it is not the one and only right answer to the question. There isn´t one right answer; there are only strong and weak thesis statements and strong and weak uses of evidence. Let´s look at another example. Suppose your literature professor hands out the following assignment in a class on the American novel: Write an analysis of some aspect of Mark Twain´s novel Huckleberry Finn. "This will be easy," you think. "I loved Huckleberry Finn!" You grab a pad of paper and write: Mark Twain´s Huckleberry Finn is a great American novel.
Here´s a working thesis with potential: you have highlighted an important aspect of the novel for investigation. However, it´s still not clear what your analysis will reveal. Your reader is intrigued but is still thinking, "So what? What´s the point of this contrast? What does it signify?" Perhaps you are not sure yet, either. That´s fine_begin to work on comparing scenes from the book and see what you discover.
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