How To Come Up With Good Thesis Topics On English Literature

Writing a compelling thesis in the English literature may not necessarily be the Chimera that you once fathomed…

In movies, and other larger than life depictions of life, writers are seen sitting, for hours, in poorly lit, seedy, dingy and somewhat saturnine rooms pondering over their typewriters, or laptops, with cigarette butts laying all around. But such depictions are just that: depictions larger than life. The actual process of writing is not necessarily so graphic. And it all begins with the (not so) simple task of coming up with a good theme or topic.

Easier said than done…

The word inspiration comes from the Latin inspirare, which is composed of in (into) and spirare (breathe). This word originally was tasked to refer to the divine or preternatural entity that would take over an individual and literally impart the truth or an idea to that person.

One can thus imagine that inspiration does not lurk at every nook and corner of the house. Inspiration is not common, it is not everyday, and it does not happen as frequently as one would have liked.

How do I find it?

Firstly, it is very important to understand that investigation of English literature does not diverge greatly from an investigation of a scientific order.

The scientific method begins with regarding the natural world. One must:

  • Question an observation
  • Form an hypothesis to explain the observation
  • Predict the outcome
  • Experiment with different sets of circumstances
  • Analyze the outcomes
  • Reject the hypothesis if it does not hold true

Finding good ideas in literature follow the same concepts…

How to go about coming up with a new and solid idea?

Firstly, read a lot. After you have been through enough literature, select one that you like the most. In this piece, analyze the central topic(s) or theme(s). Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Why do you find this topic(s) or theme(s) so interesting?
  • Would other people be likely to find these interesting as well?
  • Is there a more core, and more fundamental issue at the center of the superficial topic(s) or theme(s)?
  • If no, then form one. If yes, then analyze how is it vital to the broad implication?

If all else fails, ask yourself a very simple question: How does this topic or theme effect you, your family, your community, your city, your region, your state, your country, other countries, history, social convention, and humanity?