What is a thesis statement?
A thesis statement is one or two sentences that summarize the main point of your essay. It is usually found in the introduction and conclusion. The body paragraphs of the essay will try to give convincing arguments to persuade the reader that the thesis is correct.
In Pride and Prejudice, why is it so shocking that Elizabeth rejected Mr. Collins' marriage proposal?
Because Elizabeth had a very small dowry, there was little chance that she would ever get another chance at marriage. When Mr. Bennet died, Mr. Collins would take possession of the house and throw out Mr. Bennet's widow and daughters onto the streets. This marriage would prevent that from happening. By rejecting Mr. Collins' offer, Elizabeth denied her family security from homelessness.
Let's do a role-play. You are painting your house. You go to the store to buy paint. What would you say?
A : Excuse me. I would like to buy some paint. B : Sure. We have lots of paint. What is the paint for? A : I am painting my house. B : Are you painting the inside or the outside of the house? A : I am painting the inside. ...