Topic and Structure:
Character Evolution – Explain how a character from a novel, film, television show, or another medium of
your choice evolves—either good or bad—from the beginning to the end of the story.
Your introduction will provide a brief synopsis of the story and then smoothly transition into the last
sentence of your introduction—the thesis statement. Next, you will develop at least three body paragraphs,
each dedicated to one example (such as a scene) in your chosen medium that serves as support for your
thesis claim. Finally, you will compile a conclusion paragraph that synthesizes your findings.
Creating the thesis statement:
Is your argument focused and meaningful in a way that it also offers a clear-cut, but debatable point of
view, which a reader might either agree or disagree with? Avoid claims that are too obvious to the readers
—offer them a new idea! Remember, a thesis also serves as a map for your essay, providing a promise of
subtopics you will discuss in your body paragraphs in the order in which they appear in your essay.e thesis statement: In The Midnight’s Shadow, Charles Bellingham begins as a lonely, self-loathing
candle maker, but after he meets Miss Charmaine, begins working for the king, and takes an understudy,
he transforms into a confident man who sees the townspeople and the kingdom as a friendly and
Developing the body paragraphs:
The way you present your supporting evidence is just as important as the evidence itself. When you create
a body paragraph with the goal of supporting a claim in your thesis, you want to include a balance of
research and/or examples with original material. In other words, original material refers to discussions you
develop that help explain the connection between your research and/or examples and your thesis claim.
You don’t want to assume that your research and/or examples are enough to prove your thesis—you want
to inform your reader how and why cited material serves the purpose you intend.
Therefore, begin each body paragraph with a topic sentence that affirms your opinion. A topic sentence for
the first body paragraph in a paper with the thesis from above might say, “Miss Charmaine, ever so
charming in her ways, bumps into a scowling Mr. Bellingham, only to annoy him further, but as he slowly
raises his gaze to evaluate the source of this unpleasantry, he is rather surprised to see a such a lovely
creature affectionately maintaining his stare, eliciting an intrigue that serves as the first defining moment in
Charles’ positive transformation.” Next, follow up the topic sentence with more about this scene that serves
as the defining moment. Then, spend significant time explaining how the events you just discussed prove
your thesis. Finally, end the paragraph with a concluding sentence that synthesizes your efforts.
Compiling the conclusion:
Lastly, compile a conclusion paragraph that summarizes your findings in a new manner, using fresh
language and perspective. Make sure to work in a restatement of your thesis statement (but not a repetitive
version) as well as any other relevant ideas you present in the essay. You want your conclusion to read like
new information but without actually presenting new arguments. In sum, synthesize instead of summarize.