This is your assignment:write an essay in which you select one passagefrom Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Seaor from one of Luis Borges’s short storiesand present a close reading that offers a significant thesis.You should not use any outside sources, but be sure to include a bibliographyin MLA style that liststhe novel. Your thesis statement should be active (makes a claim) and significant (answers the “so what” question).
In other words, your thesis should make a claim about the text that could be argued and should also tell us the significance of this claim: So what if X is happening in the text? What do we stand to learn by thinking about your claim? For example, “Jane’s reading preferences are for texts with Gothic scenes and images”stops short of going far enough as a thesis statement.
Instead, “Although Jane’s attraction to Gothic texts suggests her unhappiness with her life, ultimately Brontëproposes thatthis dark, morbid material actually gives her life and a freedom of expression for her desires”. The second thesismakes an assertion about Jane’s relationship to the Gothic,but more specifically says what we stand to learn about the ironically life-givingsources that these afford Jane.