After examining the evidence and considering your own insights, you write: This final thesis statement presents an interpretation of a literary work based on an analysis of its content.
You’re expected to master a lot of material in a relatively short amount of time.
A reader of this weak thesis might think, “What reasons? Now, push your comparison toward an interpretation—why did one side think slavery was right and the other side think it was wrong?
You look again at the evidence, and you decide that you are going to argue that the North believed slavery was immoral while the South believed it upheld the Southern way of life. Included in this working thesis is a reason for the war and some idea of how the two sides disagreed over this reason.
In college, course assignments often ask you to make a persuasive case in writing.
You are asked to convince your reader of your point of view.
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As you write the essay, you will probably begin to characterize these differences more precisely, and your working thesis may start to seem too vague.
Maybe you decide that both sides fought for moral reasons, and that they just focused on different moral issues.