Tutor profile: Andrew P.
What is a thesis statement and how do I create one?
A thesis statement is the question at the core of your essay. It is the reason you are writing this paper. Everything being addressed in the body of the paper should ultimately relate back to the thesis statement. A good, well thought-out thesis statement will not only give the reader the exact reason why you are writing this paper but will also give you the ammunition with which to write out as many pages as you need for your assignment. The first step to creating that thesis statement is to address the prompt of your assignment. If your prompt asks for three points, then we're going to find three exact points to prove in your paper. If your prompt wants you to compare two ideas, we're going to explore how these points are alike and how they are different. The second step is to form the actual statement! If you're working with me, we'll walk through ways to phrase your points into a statement that not only address the prompt but gives you room to write your way to those points. The last step is to understand that nothing is final. Throughout your research and writing, your ideas and opinions will change. A thesis isn't necessarily a hypothesis. You might not need to stick with the same one you wrote a week ago. The second step of forming that statement is one that you may repeat several times while writing your paper.
What does Lady Macbeth mean by 'unsex me here' in Act 1, Scene 5 in Macbeth?
Lady Macbeth in this moment is steeling herself to take action against the King and cement Lord Macbeth's rise to the crown. To do this, she understands that she will become one of the principal agents of action in the betrayal. Maybe not the one who holds the knife, though she does in the end, but a major player in a political world dominated by men. And so she seeks to 'unsex' herself, as she associates these acts of violence and subterfuge to manliness. If she can become more 'manly' than she can more easily murder the King and put her husband on the throne.
In what way does the genre of Gothic Literature diverge from its roots in Romantic Literature?
Both Gothic and Romantic genres are heavily invested in the use of emotion to elicit a response from their readers, but Gothic literature seeks to engage the reader with specific emotions. Romantic genres rely on the emotions of "love" or "awe", especially as it relates to nature, to engender that emotional response. The Gothic genre is not devoid of these emotions, in fact "love" is often a key factor in these stories, but it will take it one step father into "terror" or "apprehension." Take for example the classic Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Victor Frankenstein's pours himself into his scientific work after the death of his mother, finding relief in the work from his grief. His work results in the monster being created but he is repulsed by his work, unable to love what he created. In turn, the monster kills the people Victor loves most in attempt to make Victor create someone for the monster to love. "Love" is still a key element to the story, but the Gothic genre twists what the reader expects into something more akin to "terror."