Essay Writing: How To Write A Thesis Statement


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In this podcast, I talk about essay writing, more specifically about thesis statements. I share key points on the following questions: What is a thesis statement? Why is it important in essay or paper writing? I also invite you to think critically about some sample thesis statements. You can find them below:
Thesis statement 1
Nuri Bilge Ceylan has a minimalist film-making approach.
Thesis statement 2
An in-depth analysis of the use of locations, dialogues and lighting in “Three Monkeys” can reveal Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s minimalist film-making approach.
Thesis Statement 3
The use of social media should be restricted for adolescents as it leads to psychological problems and self-esteem problems.
Thesis Statement 4
The use of social media should be restricted for adolescents as it leads to psychological problems.
More sample thesis statements to analyze:
Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” demonstrates the two aesthetics influences in the director’s style: German impressionism and Soviet montage theory.
In George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, Big Brother manages to control people’s minds by using media as a tool for propaganda and by creating the Thought Police.
Alice Walker’s “The Color Purple” can be interpreted both as an informative and a guiding text because it demonstrates how patriarchy and racial segregation victimize an African-American woman called Celie and then shows what she needs to do overcome these obstacles.
Sources used:

Murray Neil (20102). Writing Essays in English Language and Linguistics : Principles, Tips and Strategies for Undergraduates. Cambridge University Press.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab: Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Writing Center: Thesis Statement.

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