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Emma G.
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Question:

How do you write a thesis statement?

Emma G.
Answer:

Thesis statements appear confusing but I have found a simple yet effective way that works for me! The idea behind a thesis is to place it at the end of you opening paragraph to tell the reader what the paper is about and to state what your paper will argue. You do not want to get a thesis statement confused with just saying a point of the story, it should be an original thought or argument that you as a writer want to discuss and continue to argue in your paper. For instance, saying "Harry Potter is the main character in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," because that is just a basic fact from the story that people are know! I suggest bringing something new to the table such as "In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry relies on the power of love to finally defeat Lord Voldemort." This statement is one that contains an strong idea that you can continue to argue using evidence from the book! A thesis should be clear and concise, do not start your argument until the following paragraph! A thesis statement is truly just a statement - a statement you want to make about something whether it may be a book, a play, or research you have completed. Take the time to specify a main argument but avoid going into detail. Words such as "Through" and "Since" may be helpful because it opens up the opportunity for you to state an idea. For example you could rephrase my thesis above by simply saying: "Through love Harry Potter is able to defeat Lord Voldermort." There it is! One simple sentence that you can develop an entire essay around by bringing in evidence and quotes to support your one idea.

Shakespeare
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Question:

What is a main theme of Shakespeare's play Much Ado About Nothing

Emma G.
Answer:

Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing centers around several different themes, however one of the most important one that arises throughout is the idea of honor and how it is related to gender. Throughout the play characters honor is being discussed as well as taken away from them. According to Shakespeare in this play, men are the most honorable and brave people in society, where women's honor is just correlated to whether or not they are pure and chaste. A moment where you can see dishonor is when Leonato and Claudio publically shame Hero, thinking she has committed adultery. They embarass her in front of a crowd to the point that she passes out. Leonato, her own father, even goes on to give that entire soliloquy (speech), where he says he wishes his daughter had never been born because she is so shameful. I would look deeper into this idea on how men view a woman's honor and what it is that makes both men and women honorable in this society? Does it differ and does it truly depend on gender? The end of the play also shows how a woman can gain her honor back - does she have to conform with society and do what is expected? From this play you will begin to see that honor is something men simply have whereas women must gain it and obtain it!

English
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Question:

How do I know when to use "affect" versus "effect" ?

Emma G.
Answer:

The main difference between the words "affect" and "effect" is that "affect" is a verb whereas "effect" is a noun. This means that you will want to use "affect" when it comes to actions or something being influenced by an action. For instance look at the sentence: "The rain this evening affected the baseball game that was supposed to be played. As you can see, affect is the action that is being done in the sentence and that because of the rain something else is being influenced. "Effect" however is a noun which means that it is being used simply just a thing or something that is a result of something else. A sentence that helps to portray this would be: a side effect of the flu is a fever and the chills. This sentence is using the word "effect" as the result of something else. So yes! While they sound the same they do have different meaning and uses in our English Language. It is most helpful to remember that affect is a verb (an action) whereas effect is a noun (a person, place or thing). Affect is what is influencing something else and Effect is something that was influenced.

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