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    Need help on a Thesis statement

    I have to write an essay on a novel we chose (1984) and I am having some trouble thinking of a good thesis statement. If somebody could give me some insight I would greatly appreciate it.


    Unit Theme: Censorship

    Purpose: To explore the clash between culture and personal belief

    Objective: To write a persuasive essay that convinces the audience that the banned book you have chosen should not have been banned or censored.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Gadway View Post
    I have to write an essay on a novel we chose (1984) and I am having some trouble thinking of a good thesis statement. If somebody could give me some insight I would greatly appreciate it.


    Unit Theme: Censorship

    Purpose: To explore the clash between culture and personal belief

    Objective: To write a persuasive essay that convinces the audience that the banned book you have chosen should not have been banned or censored.
    Tricky.

    The key to a thesis statement is to present a short, effective narrative saying what it is you believe. I can give you what my or other ideas might be, but you need to decide how you see the book in relation to the question.

    The book should not be banned. Why not? That's all you need to get to.

    Some reasons why it might be considered for banning - as it was during the Soviet era in their territories:

    It is a scathing attack on totalitarianism.

    It is a plea for personal freedom.

    It is a statement that humanity must remain human.

    If I am a dictator who is imposing my will on the proletariat, I really wouldn't want them reading that book, so I'd ban it.

    That's pretty universally seen as a bad thing.

    To find reasons not to ban the book, you just need to draw a picture of why you think my dictator scenario is bad.
    Go to work, get married, have some kids, pay your taxes, pay your bills, watch your tv, follow fashion, act normal, obey the law and repeat after me: "I am free."

    Anon

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