The thesis statement is also a good test for the scope of your intent. The principle to remember is that when you try to do too much, you end up doing less or nothing at all. Can we write a good paper about problems in higher education in the United States? At best, such a paper would be vague and scattered in its approach. Can we write a good paper about problems in higher education in Connecticut? Well, we're getting there, but that's still an awfully big topic, something we might be able to handle in a book or a Ph.D. dissertation, but certainly not in a paper meant for a Composition course. Can we write a paper about problems within the community college system in Connecticut. Now we're narrowing down to something useful, but once we start writing such a paper, we would find that we're leaving out so much information, so many ideas that even most casual brainstorming would produce, that we're not accomplishing much.
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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