The following is an example of what his thesis statement may look like once he has completed his research.
In what way is Coleridge’s poem, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” an extended metaphor of colonial exploration?
Why was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s stance against the Vietnam War late in his life so controversial in the civil rights movement?
Such a paper is often an exercise in exploration and evaluation.
For example, perhaps one is interested in the Old English poem Though his topic may be debatable and controversial, it is not the student's intent to persuade the audience that his ideas are right while those of others are wrong.