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Contrast essay on the 2 faces of Delia Grinstead (to contrast Delia)


amkris1 1 / 1  
Oct 18, 2010   #1
Hi, I am writing a contrast only essay on the 2 faces of Delia Grinstead, the main character in Anne Tylers novel, Ladder of Years. My goal is to contrast Delia before she left her family with the Delia she became after she left her family. I have never been blocked to this degree. I have written some, but am afraid it is not up to par. I am also struggling a little bit with the instructions, the thesis statement is supposed to be vague, it is a one side at a time structure. I would really appreciate any advise or help you could offer. Thanks..:)

Attention Getter:
"There are only two tragedies in life; one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."

Thesis Statement: Oscar Wilde's words rang true for Mrs.Grinstead, her life was not the life she wanted. She was stuck in her child-like dress, subservient routine, and world of insecurities. Mrs. Grinstead, would start a new life, reinvent herself, become Ms. Grinstead; a sleek, assertive, confident adult.

P.S. If I keep this thesis statement then I have no real topic sentence for my paragraphs. Do you agree?

EF_Kevin 8 / 13,334 129  
Oct 22, 2010   #2
the thesis statement is supposed to be vague, it is a one side at a time structure.

one side at a time structure is also called "alternating."
Google this: Compare contrast essay alternating opposing
You will find some pages with excellent guidance.

Thesis statement is supposed to be "vague?" That is strange.

I like your use of the quote by Wilde.

If I keep this thesis statement then I have no real topic sentence for my paragraphs. Do you agree? Yes. The thesis you wrote is informative, but a thesis is supposed to contribute some original observation. It should be an argument that people will not necessarily agree with.

I think you could follow the expression more closely; not getting what you want is bad, and getting what you want is bad. Maybe you can find an original observation by looking for both of these bad things in the story.

If you make a thesis that is abstract enough to require explanation or controversial (i.e. arguable) enough to require defense, then you will have a need for those topic sentences you mentioned.

:-)
OP amkris1 1 / 1  
Nov 5, 2010   #3
Thank you for your help. This forum is a life-saver.:)


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