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A Guidebook to Writing Thematic Essays

by Michele Haiken


A Guidebook To Writing Thematic Essays
What is theme?
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The thematic essay requires the student to investigate a central idea or theme of a text, evaluate evidence, explain and elaborate on that idea in a clear and concise manner. The structure of the thematic essay is held together by the following.

A clear, concise, and defined thesis statement or claim that occurs in the first paragraph of the essay.

Clear and logical transitions between the introduction, body, and conclusion.

2-3 Body paragraphs that include evidential support directly from the text.

A conclusion that does not simply restate the thesis, but readdresses it in light of the evidence provided.
All texts have themes within them.
A literary critic, like your self, starts
to look for those themes by asking questions like:

"What is this text really about?"
"What is the text trying to teach me about life?"
Animal Farm Essay

Choose one of the themes below and write an essay that details how Animal Farm supports the theme. Be sure to use specific textual evidence (i.e. direct quotes) to support your claim.

Your essay should result in 4-5 paragraphs.

Possible Dystopian Themes:

1. Utopian worlds do not work and will eventually fail.

2. Society is divided into castes or groups with specialized functions.

3. Human beings may feel a strong sense of justice when they realize that others are being mistreated. 

4. When a society strives for equality, there is danger of a loss of freedom and individuality.
Let's Get Started
Step One: Choose Your Theme
& Collect Evidence to Support Your Theme