Sample Thesis Statements for the New York Multi-Genre
Your multi-genre essay is a compare-contrast
essay. Your job is to create a controlling idea that acts as the basis for your
literary analysis of two or more works.
I'm not sure I know How to Do This!
Many students panic when they
are faced with the ominous sounding "literary analysis." Fear not.
You are driving your criteria, so your thesis statement, which is your opinion,
is the most important.
Outsiders to New York very often do not relish the brusqueness of its
citizens. David Sedaris' essay,
"City of Angels," Allen Ginsberg's poem, "Mugging," and
Tom Wolf's short story, "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn," depict New
Yorkers as insensitive.
Although outsiders may not
understand the beauty of Manhattan, citizens of the city can find positive aspects to
the great city. In Liebling's essay, "Apology for Breathing," and
David Sedaris' essay, "City of Angels," the narrator's become frustrated with the
outsiders' negative vision of the New York way.
many emotions, varying from love to hate. Authors such as David Sedaris,
Allen Ginsberg, and
Arthur Liebling demonstrate how one may have
conflicting feelings about a place that contains just as much wonder as it does
horror. Sedaris' essay, "City of Angels," pits a tourist who despises and mistrusts New
Yorkers against the narrator's point of view, which comes from a New York citizen who enjoys it. Ginsberg's poem,
"Mugging," juxtaposes two stark images of a before and after New York from the point of view of a narrator who has been
mugged. Arthur Liebling also explores how New York has positive elements, which he contrasts with the
outsider point of view who compares New York to their home, never seemingly grasping the power of New York on its own.
New York is a terrible
place, according to the works "City of Angels" by David Sedaris, "Mugging" by Allen
Ginsberg, and "Only the Dead Know Brooklyn" by Tom Wolfe.
What is your thesis?
Once you have your thesis
paragraph in place, you must decide on a structure: How will convince your
audience of your thesis and prove it to them using analysis and evidence from
the literary works? [PLEASE USE YOUR
GLOSSARY TO AID YOU.]