Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A little support with those theses

Ladies and Gentlemen--

Below are some theses with lots of potential.  Please choose one and give the writer support--how might he/she further specify language or develop argument and clarify focus?
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In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail to illustrate how people commonly misunderstand motivations and tend to only see the negative in a situation.  Miller demonstrates curiosity mainly by the girls and Abigail because of how they explore unconventional methods to use to their advantage, and how they are curious rather than afraid of the unknown.                      http://chattanoogabookarts.blogspot.com/2011/05/learn-about-book-sculpture.html

John Proctor, a farmer in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is motivated to misplaced accusation and anger due to his internal conflicts regarding the fear he has of being punished for his own sins.

In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft.

Reverend Hale in Miller's The Crucible demonstrates how religion and fear of the unknown makes religious leaders have too much power which can lead to corruption.

In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Abigail demonstrates danger by putting herself in the position that she could be removed from the community as well as being given lots of power.

In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail and the girls to illustrate how easy it is to gain credibility in society.  Miller demonstrates the issue of how humans choose to trust people.

16 comments:

  1. The thesis "In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft." is a good start. But it should be expanded and made more specific. What is it about conflict and human nature that Miller is trying to demonstrate? Through which characters does he demonstrate it? In what way does this conflict relate to the Red Scare and other events?

    Right now, the thesis statement is not debatable. It is a statement of the obvious. But with some detail added, it would be quite effective.

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  2. The thesis "Reverend Hale in Miller's The Crucible demonstrates how religion and fear of the unknown makes religious leaders have too much power which can lead to corruption." This is incorporating many key points that are present throughout the Cubicle, but what are some specific conflicts we see Hale facing, and what events can you relate it to? Try and include a motif to tie in what your thinking would help develop the overall thesis.

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  3. The thesis "John Proctor, a farmer in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is motivated to misplaced accusation and anger due to his internal conflicts regarding the fear he has of being punished for his own sins." First, I would recommend starting with the book and author, then just giving John Proctor's name, instead of telling who he is/ what he does. Secondly, be specific. Misplaced accusation on who? What internal conflicts is John having? As a side note as well, keep in mind that it should be debatable, tell WHY you think he is fearful of misplaced accusations, and take a side that can be debated. All in all, nice job, interesting viewpoint, just edit a few things to make it awesome. Nice job!

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  4. The thesis I choose to do is , in The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail and the girls to illustrate how easy it is to gain credibility in society. Miller demonstrates the issue of how humans choose to trust people.

    The thesis is good but can be combined into one sentence. It is also a little weak and could have a little more information added to it. It has a good point, but lacks a good motif to tie it together. I also suggest making it a little more specific by explaining what kind of credibility they get in society. Overall it has a good start, but it just needs a little tweaking.


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  5. "In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft."

    This is good, but what do you think Miller meant as an application to society with these misplaced accusations? What's the overlying theme of accusations as a motif? What about these accusations create conflict in the community? Who accuses who about what to create this conflict?

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  6. "In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail and the girls to illustrate how easy it is to gain credibility in society. Miller demonstrates the issue of how humans choose to trust people."

    The thesis is at a good start but it could be molded together to connect how gaining credibility relates to trust. The writer could also explain a little more on what Abigail did to gain credibility and how she affected the villages trust. Despite a few minor errors the thesis could be change easily to become an excellent thesis.

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  7. "Reverend Hale in Miller's The Crucible demonstrates how religion and fear of the unknown makes religious leaders have too much power which can lead to corruption." This thesis is little vague and needs to have a more convincing argument to make the reader think about something. This is just more a statement than an argument. Also, Reverend Hale doesn't have power throughout the book, because he stops trying to prove that there is witchery instead Abigail has the power over him.

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  8. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft.

    This thesis has great start and is very assertive. However, it is very vague and doesn't have any evidence. It would be nice to know who Miller demonstrates the conflict through for example, John Proctor. But I do like how the writer mentions witchcraft. Also due to the lack of evidence, this thesis isn't debatable. If the writer fixes all of the other things, then it should automatically become debatable.

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  9. "In the crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft"


    This is a great observation and a great idea. I think what you need is to name a specific character, who accuses and what kind of people are being accused. In order to make it debatable you could add in WHY people are being accused, or why Miller wants to bring this topic to peoples attention. I think this could definitely go somewhere with some more specific ideas.

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  10. "In the crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft"

    This is more of an observation than a thesis. If you were to narrow down for overall conflict to an inner conflict of one of the characters, you could make is go along way. You should also add some evidence to support your thesis. This has a lot of potential and can certainly go places.

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  11. In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft.

    Overall the thesis is good, but could use some work in a few aspects. It needs to be more specific on the accusations; what and who, and bring forth a specific argument. It could relate it to a certain character or two, as well. Plus it could maybe address a less broad topic, like focusing on the type of conflict (internal vs. external, ect.).

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  12. "In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail to illustrate how people commonly misunderstand motivations and tend to only see the negative in a situation. Miller demonstrates curiosity mainly by the girls and Abigail because of how they explore unconventional methods to use to their advantage, and how they are curious rather than afraid of the unknown."

    Unconventional methods like what? Can you link the girls' curiosity (rather than fear) back to people only seeing the negatives in a situation?
    It seems the conflict here is curiosity v. fear...how do these two sides affect the outcomes of the character's actions?

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  13. John Proctor, a farmer in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is motivated to misplaced accusation and anger due to his internal conflicts regarding the fear he has of being punished for his own sins.

    This is a great starting thesis. I think something that could be added is how the internal conflict John is facing relates to our world and human nature. What is MIller suggesting about people, anger, fear, and misplaced accusation?

    This is great, don't be afraid to go a little deeper. Good luck!

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  14. "John Proctor, a farmer in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller, is motivated to misplaced accusation and anger due to his internal conflicts regarding the fear he has of being punished for his own sins."
    I think this is a very good start to a thesis. I would consider this a very debatable viewpoint, in the sense that it might not have been fear but some other form of motivation that brought John to "confess". Also, I would elaborate more of the topic of misplaced accusation. Possibly explain what it is and how it affects the community, or something along those lines. On another note, you don't have to state that John is a farmer. I would also state the name of the play and author somewhere in her. Otherwise I think this is a very good topic and base for a thesis.

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  15. "In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates conflict through accusing others of witchcraft."

    This thesis is good but is vague. What kind of conflict is being caused? Internal vs external? Man vs society? Man vs Man? Who is making the accusations? Maybe by adding something like, “In The Crucible, Arthur Miller demonstrates the conflict of public vs private life when Abigail and her friends accuse others of witchcraft." By making it more specific, it will also make it more debatable.

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  16. "In The Crucible, Arthur Miller uses Abigail to illustrate how people commonly misunderstand motivations and tend to only see the negative in a situation. Miller demonstrates curiosity mainly by the girls and Abigail because of how they explore unconventional methods to use to their advantage, and how they are curious rather than afraid of the unknown."

    This is a really good thesis but I think that it needs to be a little bit more specific. You first talk about motivation and negativity but then move on to discuss curiosity. Both points you make are really good so maybe just chose one of them and focus on it.

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