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09/04/2019

Can someone help me come up with a thesis for this topic?

QUESTION
Can someone help me come up with a thesis for this topic?
“There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.” – ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451.
Write an essay in which you provide a valid interpretation of this quote, defend or challenge the statement as you have interpreted it and support your opinion using appropriate literary elements or references from works of literature or specific and appropriate details from other examples.

I only need a one sentence thesis. Thanks

ANSWER
Hi Amber. You need to think through your own opinion on this, but I hope to help with that.
First of all, do you agree with the statement? If you agree, why do you agree? Imagine ways you might be able to prove your idea. Have you read the book, Fahrenheit 451 so you understand the context of the quote? If not, I suggest you read the book’s cliff notes fast. I think that is the 1st step in deciding how you can logically develop that idea.

I can give you my thoughts…but I haven’t read that book. It may not be a good approach because of that. My approach would be to agree with the statement, and write a thesis that states it is true because books communicate ideas, and ideas can be challenged and debated. Good debates can crush certain ideas or demonstrate the idiosynchosies of them.. (This is why some people try to completely filter what the media covers, and don’t allow impartial debates.) You would whittle down that statement depending on the specifics of what examples you use to develop the idea. So, if you are going to show how “Mein Kamph” by Adolf Hitler has been burned, you would quote some clear and crushing book critiques by others who read it and disagreed with it. If you chose to do this, your hypothesis would be something like: “This essay will demonstrate why the quote is true both from Fahrenheit 451 and for {name other books} which have been challenged by readers.” Then your job is to research and find that info for your essay.

You don’t even have to choose an example that distasteful. Just use some critiques done on other major written works that have diverse reader reactions which have led to wide public rejection.

I hope this stirs up some ideas for your essay.