Learn more about this book General template This template presents a very simple paragraph structure. It is highly adaptable and can be used throughout an essay, although there are certainly other ways of forming good paragraphs. A good, simple paragraph might look something like this: Sentence or more that introduces or contextualizes evidence.
Here's an example from literature. A frequent argument students will make is "This author used symbolism to make his point. Thus, to attempt to single out or make a distinction of a piece for using "symbolism" is to not say anything that even needs proving to begin with. A simple thesis statement is not quite what it may sound like.
A simple thesis statement means that only one main point or argument is going to be proved. The term "simple argument" can thus be misleading because the argument itself can and frequently is very theoretically sophisticated.
What makes them simple is that in terms of their logical structure, they only take on one line of proof, and hence, their organization of proof will be simple. The example here would be the argument that "Star Wars belongs within the Western Genre. Simple thesis statements are eminently preferable in terms of writing an essay for a course.
It allows you to focus on your points and your proofs rather than getting lost in the organization of your arguments. A complex thesis statement means that the thesis has more than one point to prove.
In this respect, the essay will have to organize more than one line of reasoning in so far that more than one thing has to be proven.
Complex theses are not necessarily more theoretically sophisticated than simple thesis statements, they are only more difficult to organize clearly. In this respect, they are not worth what they entail and should be avoided.
An example of a complex thesis statement would be something like: To begin with, it is not clear what the writer has to gain in terms of proving BOTH of these aspects of the work rather than just the one.
Instead, with this complex thesis, there are going to be long sections of the essay where half of what needs to be proved will be left suspended while the other half gets discussed. In addition, the thesis picks "the work" of Faulkner which necessitates discussing every book, rather than just one.
Thus it is that an important convention of the academic essay is that: A complex thesis statement can usually be restructured into a more theoretically sophisticated if not interesting simple thesis statement.
The impossible thesis statement is a kind of corollary of the banal thesis statement insofar as you want to stay away from it. Rather than saying something which is evident or meaningless, however, the impossible thesis statement puts forward something which cannot reasonably be proved, as a result of there being no agreed upon or stable criteria from which to render conclusions.
Examples of impossible statements abound, but the one most related to this course would be "The Plague is great art," or "The Plague is the most realistic of all Camus' novels. Take the first one.
What distinguishes between "good" art and "great" art? Furthermore, the essay would not be able to point to a stable definition of "art", a concept that art historians, artists, and cultural critics have been arguing over for centuries. The latter thesis has a similar problem since "realistic" is not a stable concept with firm criteria.
Making an Argument As stated earlier, the academic essay is an exercise in reasoned persuasion. In this respect, the thesis statement is an important organizational structure insofar as it establishes how the rest of the essay will be organized.
Classical logic maintains that there are 3 basic kinds of persuasive statements: Statements of fact can themselves be grouped into two basic forms: It is possible to make other distinctions, like for example, arguments of relationship how to things relate to each other but these distinctions can be readily subsumed into these two basic groups.
Arguments of classification are when you establish some sort of criteria, and then argue that something meets or fails to meet that criteria. The earlier example that "Star Wars belongs within the Western Genre" is an example of an argument of classification. Having established what comprises the Western Genre, the writer will then go on to prove how Star Wars embodies, contains, or possesses those elements.
The writer will, in other words, prove that Star Wars meets that criteria. Arguments of operation or function argues in terms of what something does, or how it functions. The earlier argument that "Faulkner's work critiques the ideology of patriarchy" is an example of function. Note that unlike the argument of classification, the writer of this essay SEEMS to have to do more to prove their thesis.
The question of HOW leads to a discussion of the body of the essay. The Body of the Essay From a conceptual standpoint, the function of the body of the essay is to prove the thesis statement laid out in the introduction. This section discusses how the writer accomplishes that proof.
Establishing Criteria In the discussion of types of argument, I made the point that the writer will have to establish criteria that can be used to prove their argument.Study or move abroad with PTE Academic. The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is the English test trusted by universities, colleges .
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Writing an academic essay introduction Purpose of an Academic Essay The purpose of an academic essay is to present a line of thinking which reaches a conclusion, with reasons presented to persuade others to agree with that conclusion.
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