For example, if a paper’s purpose is to show that Hitler’s politcal rise in Germany was the product of a sound resurent industrial economy, the thesis would not make a statement of purpose by starting out with, “My paper will show that . .,” rather, a thesis statement will directly state the writer’s views: “Hitler's Nazi party was the product of a sound resurgent industrial economy.” In the process of making such a statement, the paper’s purpose and the main idea by which this purpose can be realized bring the reader into a sense of what she will be reading in the following pages and the writer’s promise to deliver the goods.
The thesis not only connects audience with purpose, it also promises the reader that the work will follow through on the idea the thesis presents.
Make sure that the thesis stands out and can be easily interpreted.
For more information on writing an effective thesis statement, please see the thesis statement exercise.
It is important to create a thesis statement before writing the paper, but this type of thesis is generally referred to as a working thesis and may change along with the contents of the essay.
It is important that a writer uses the thesis to direct the creation of the essay, but it is also important that the writer is open to changing the thesis as necessary.
In this sense, audience and purpose work in two directions: A writer’s audience will influence his purpose, while his purpose will influence which audience the writer chooses to address. While audience and purpose are the writer’s main concerns, the way a paper’s purpose is offered to the audience lies in the paper’s thesis, the presentation, in writing, of the paper’s main idea.
The thesis is what connects audience with purpose and thus deserves much attention.
(This is called free-writing.) d) You might want to “write your way into your thesis” by starting with the broader scope of your topic and narrowing down your view of the topic until a generally solid, recognizable, focus emerges.
Audience a) Consider who will be reading your work.