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Creating an Original and Appropriate Thesis Statement

Please describe how to create an original thesis statement (argument) that is appropriate for an essay or term paper and give an example. Additionally, please describe what types of statements are not appropriate for a thesis, including an example for each incorrect type.

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Constructing a thesis statement:

1. Have an essay topic; for example "Plato and the Allegory of the Cave."
2. Ask yourself a question about this topic. For example: "How does Plato see truth and reality as exemplified by the Allegory of the Cave?"
3. Once you have your question, you can answer it based on YOUR own analysis of the text. For example: "For Plato, truth and reality are not available through our senses, but rather ...

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This solution will give a thorough step-by-step guide on how to write an original and appropriate thesis statement for an essay or term paper, using a detailed example. It will also explain what does not constitute an appropriate thesis statement for an essay or term paper, listing examples to elaborate.