Structuring a What? How? Why? Thesis

Especially when writing a close reading, try to use the following format for structuring your thesis.

A more complex thesis should have the following components:

  • Use of a literary device
  • Name of author
  • Title of text
  • Text’s theme
  • Strong verb (e.g. demonstrates, emphasizes, communicates, etc.)

Through the use of [literary device], [the author] is able to  [strong verb]  his/her message/theme/idea of [text’s theme] in [title of text].

Through the use of alliteration and end rhyme, Robert Frost is able to emphasize his message of the transient nature of human life in “Nothing Gold Can Stay.”

In [title of text], [the author] uses [literary device] in order to  [strong verb]
his/her theme of [text’s theme].

In “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, Robert Frost uses alliteration and end rhyme in order to demonstrate the transient nature of human life.

In [title of text], [the author] [strong verb]  his/her message/theme/idea of [text’s theme] through the use of [literary device].

In “Nothing Gold Can Stay”, Robert Frost demonstrates the transient nature of human life through the use of  alliteration and end rhyme.

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