What makes for a successful thesis statement in an essay?
While there are different ways to successfully articulate a thesis in an essay, many writers and teachers of writing agree that a writer should introduce her/his thesis by providing her/his reader with whatever context and/or background information is necessary to raise an arguable question at issue, to which a writer should respond with her/his thesis statement.
What, according to Shakespeare, are Henry V's motivations for claiming the French crown and invading France?
In Shakespeare's play, Henry V is motivated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who promises the young king the financial and moral support of the Church in order to prevent the king from confiscating some of the Church's property and wealth. Moreover, Henry V is motivated by a desire to legitimize his rule with a famous military victory and the power and wealth to be had by the conquest of France. He needs to do this because he had a reputation for being a wild young man, which made people doubt that he would make a good king, and because his father, Henry IV, took the crown from his cousin, Richard II, for which Henry V feels rather guilty.
What is the significance of Beowulf's boasting when he visits the Danish King Hrothgar and how is it appropriate to the cultural context of the poem?
Beowulf's boasts are the culturally appropriate responses to the questions he faces from the Coast Guard when he and his fellow Geats reach Denmark, from the Herald Wulfgar when he enters the Danes' mead hall, Hearot, and from Unferth upon his entry to the hall. Whereas modern readers may consider the practice of boasting rude, the Dark-Age heroic culture shared by the Danes and the Geats not only tolerated but actually required boasting as a means of proving one's worth and of self-identification. In Beowulf's particular case, his boasts also enable him to remind the Danish King, Hrothgar, that they were first acquainted when Beowulf visited Denmark as a child.