Why Is It Important To Write A Thesis Statement

Why a good thesis statement is important?

Writing a good thesis statement on your paper is one of the most important things that you can do, if it is a good grade that you are after. Most students do want to score well on their paper, and with the thesis statement you are halfway there.

What is it?

It is a statement that describes your point of the written material. It is ultimately what you want the reader to leave with the knowledge of. In most cases the thesis statement is very short, containing less than one paragraph of information.

The Importance of the Thesis Statement

A strong thesis statement is important because it lets the reader know the direction that you are taking in a particular matter. It enables you to do what you can to convince them of the beliefs that you are trying to portray in your report. There are a number of benefits that it offers to your paper, and it is safe to say that without this statement your paper is far from being what it could be.

If you do not want to cause a lot of confusion to the reader, your paper should be opened with the thesis statement. With this statement the reader is left with nothing to wonder and they know just what they can expect.

You may think that the thesis statement not being included only adds suspense to your material, but this is false. In fact it does just the opposite –it creates a paper and a reader that is pretty bored with things.

Not only does it provide the reader with this sense of direction, it provides you with that very same benefit, and can make it far easier to write your paper. You are always in need of a clear understanding of your paper’s purpose. This is the first step that needs to be taken when writing. Once you have this the thesis statement is easy and will provide you with guidance throughout the entire paper creation.

You will also find that having a thesis statement makes the paper more professional, more presentable and more useful overall. The paper has what it needs to stand out, and it has the basic structure for an easy to read and easy to understand paper, even when it is being read by outside sources.

Make sure that you understand the importance of the thesis statement and benefit your paper.

Thesis statements are hard to write. There, I said it. As an English major people usually assume that I have some sort of internal thesis generator that spits out finely tuned arguments instantly. This is not true. I often spend an embarrassing amount of time wading through poorly drafted theses (yes, that is the plural) before I finally land on something that works.

That being said, your thesis is important and it deserves a lot of time and attention. It can be difficult to figure out exactly what a good thesis looks like, especially because many professors seem to be unable to present a good definition of what a thesis is. Basically, a thesis statement is a sentence (or several sentences) that outlines the argument you will be defending in your paper. This can seem like a bit of a vague definition, but if you break up the goals of your thesis, it becomes a lot more manageable.

A good thesis statement accomplishes three purposes:

  1. It introduces the topic at hand and gives a reader an idea of what to expect out of the paper.
  2. It presents your argument.
  3. It demonstrates the importance of your argument, giving the reader more reason to be invested in your essay.

Let’s look at some examples of possible thesis statements, and see whether or not they accomplish these goals.

  • This is a paper about Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions.

This thesis accomplishes goal number 1, but it doesn’t accomplish the other two goals. For a thesis to successfully present the argument of your paper, someone needs to be able to disagree with it. Because there is no opposing viewpoint to this statement, it does not function as a successful thesis. Your thesis should be a strong argument, which the reader can choose to agree or disagree with.

  • Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions introduced several conventions to the field of autobiography, which helped to create and define the genre of the confessional.

This thesis is better, in that it does present an argument. A potential reader could disagree with the idea that Confessions defined the confessional genre, so this thesis accomplishes both of the first two goals of a successful thesis. However, this thesis does not accomplish the third goal. There should be some sort of importance to your argument; maybe your thesis has implications outside of the specific argument that you’re making, or maybe there is a specific benefit to thinking about the topic in the way that you advocate. In argumentative essays, an easy way to demonstrate the importance of your argument is to provide a “call to action”, in which you ask the reader to do something with your information, such as advocate a change in policy. In literary critiques, it can be helpful to pull your thesis outside of the text and talk about broad implications of your arguments. It is difficult to create a thesis that accomplishes all three of your goals, but it is crucial for having a successful essay.

  • Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Confessions introduced several conventions to the field of autobiography, which helped to create and define the genre of the confessional. Because many of these conventions persist within the confessional genre to this day, gaining an understanding of the devices used within Confessions can provide valuable context to contemporary confessional novels.

Although this thesis is a bit wordy, it does accomplish all three of the goals of a successful thesis. The reader knows what you plan to discuss in the paper, what you are going to argue about your topic, and why it is important. Presenting a fully developed thesis, such as this one, will allow you to write a strong essay.

Writing a thesis with this much depth is tricky. Personally, I find it extremely difficult to break through to a thesis that accomplishes more than the first two goals right away.  Something that I have often noticed in my own writing is that I will write an entire paper on what I think is my thesis, only to find that a more in-depth, well-developed thesis appears in for the first time in the conclusion. If you’re having trouble with your thesis, it may be a good idea to begin writing your paper, and only finalize your thesis once you have already started analyzing your topic. Not only does this take the pressure off of you in the beginning, it allows you plenty of time to truly develop your ideas before you draft your actual thesis.

Thesis statements are hard, but they are important, and they are certainly writeable. If you have a good understanding of your topic and its importance, your thesis is in there somewhere. The only real obstacle is teasing it out and refining it so that it best reflects your thoughts. Good luck.

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