Thesis Statement: In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, faulty, rash, and immature decisions contribute to the main characters’ downfall.
Your thesis statement MUST be arguable. It cannot be a stated or obvious fact.
Ask yourself: Can someone take an opposing side to my main point?
Obvious Thesis statement: In Paulo Coehlo’s novel, The Alchemist, Santiago must learn the lessons of perseverance, belief in oneself, and sacrifice in order to achieve his personal legend.
Revised Thesis Statement: In Paulo Coehlo’s novel, The Alchemist, the loss of Santiago’s money benefited him because he learned how to persevere, to believe in himself, and to sacrifice in order to achieve his personal legend.