Analytical Thesis Statement Examples

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Writing analytical essays can be a wonderful opportunity to express your own voice and opinion. A strong thesis statement sets the stage for an overall strong essay. This lesson offers you some examples of how such a thesis statement might look.

The Importance of an Analytical Thesis Statement

Are you writing an analytical essay? Trying to describe why something works the way it does or how it functions? If so, you probably have a strong opinion you are hoping to express, and it is likely that you have spent a lot of time thinking about your critical analysis. In order to make your essay as strong and clear as possible, you will want to write a very good thesis statement. Your thesis statement is important because it foreshadows your major argument and sets the stage for the rest of your essay. Your thesis statement might also gesture toward how your essay will be structured. A strong thesis statement will make your reader want to learn more and help him understand what to expect from the remainder of your essay. Conversely, a weak thesis statement can weaken your overall analysis because it will make it seem as though you cannot clearly articulate your argument. This lesson provides examples of a few different kinds of analytical thesis statements oriented toward essays in different subject areas. Obviously, your statement will look different depending on the nature of the argument you are hoping to make, but these examples should provide you with a good starting point.

Examples of Analytical Thesis Statements

The symbolism in Salinger's Catcher in the Rye contributes to the sense of melancholia and uncertainty throughout the novel.

Writing an analytic thesis statement for a literature essay requires you to take on a strong and specific stance. Before you write such a statement, make sure you can articulate for yourself what exactly it is you want to argue for. Then, write a sentence that clearly pinpoints your subject; in this case it is the symbolism. Make sure that your verb choice is accurate, active and clear, and explain precisely what it is you believe your subject does. The remainder of your essay will be dedicated to providing evidence that supports the view you have described in this thesis statement.

Though World War I had many different causes, burgeoning nationalism fomented the sense of aggression that ultimately led to the War's beginning and proliferation.

Sometimes, when you are writing an analytical thesis statement for an essay about history, you will begin with a brief clause that indicates what your essay is not. For instance, this essay is not simply a delineation of all of the different causes of World War I, but it is important to briefly acknowledge the existence of causes other than the one that the essay will focus on. Then, the thesis statement also takes on a strong view, again using a specific subject, an active verb, and a lucid depiction of the essay's major argument. The rest of the essay will provide evidence that proves the importance of nationalism as the central cause of World War I.

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