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What does F. Scott Fitzgerald suggest about the state of the American Dream, the people who pursue it, and the impact of that pursuit through his depiction of Jay Gatsby and the people in Gatsby’s life? Include specific examples, quotations, and supporting details from the novel in your response. Do not merely summarize the story. I need help making a thesis for this prompt.

  • 10th Grade Literary Essay - , Friday, September 28, 2012 at 1:27pm

    What is YOUR OPINION or stance or position about all this?

    Your thesis statement must include factual information (which you already have) plus your position/opinion/stance. Without your position on the topic, you won't have a true thesis statement. So think of this sentence as the angle you want to take on the topic and what you intend to prove by the end of your paper. (If your statement is simply factual, then there's nothing to prove!)

    http://leo.stcloudstate.edu/acadwrite/thesistatement.html
    This is one of the very best places I've seen online to help students write good thesis statements. It shows you sentences that aren't thesis statements and how to turn each one into real thesis statements.

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