Dimofte Thesis Statement


            This fresco of the Descent of Christ into Limbo, also known as the Harrowing of Hell, and in the East as the Anastasis, was discovered in 1868. It was the last fresco to be found by Fr Mullooly in his excavations of the fourth-century basilica.

The fresco depicts the Lord Jesus Christ after his death, surrounded by glory and bearing his Cross like a standard, descending into the Underworld to rescue the souls of those who had died before his coming.

He treads on a demon who, amid the tongues of flame, has taken hold of Adam’s foot. The scene celebrates the Lord’s victory over the bonds of death and the power of the devil.

To the left and separated from the main scene by a spiral column there is a painting of a figure carrying a Book of the Gospels. His beard and decorated hood indicate that he is an Eastern monk.

The fresco appears to have been part of the funeral monument of this monk who was buried here. The position and character of the tomb, corresponding as it does with contemporary accounts of his funeral in the Basilica di San Clemente, has recently led scholars to propose that this is the original tomb and portrait of St Cyril, the Apostle of the Slavs.

In collaboration with the Irish Dominican Fathers, the fresco was restored in 2005 by the Istituto Centrale per il Restauro, through the generosity of the Paola Droghetti Foundation.

Tips and Examples for Writing Thesis Statements


This resource provides tips for creating a thesis statement and examples of different types of thesis statements.

Contributors: Elyssa Tardiff, Allen Brizee
Last Edited: 2018-01-24 02:29:37

Tips for Writing Your Thesis Statement

1. Determine what kind of paper you are writing:

  • An analytical paper breaks down an issue or an idea into its component parts, evaluates the issue or idea, and presents this breakdown and evaluation to the audience.
  • An expository (explanatory) paper explains something to the audience.
  • An argumentative paper makes a claim about a topic and justifies this claim with specific evidence. The claim could be an opinion, a policy proposal, an evaluation, a cause-and-effect statement, or an interpretation. The goal of the argumentative paper is to convince the audience that the claim is true based on the evidence provided.

If you are writing a text that does not fall under these three categories (e.g., a narrative), a thesis statement somewhere in the first paragraph could still be helpful to your reader.

2. Your thesis statement should be specific—it should cover only what you will discuss in your paper and should be supported with specific evidence.

3. The thesis statement usually appears at the end of the first paragraph of a paper.

4. Your topic may change as you write, so you may need to revise your thesis statement to reflect exactly what you have discussed in the paper.

Thesis Statement Examples

Example of an analytical thesis statement:

An analysis of the college admission process reveals one challenge facing counselors: accepting students with high test scores or students with strong extracurricular backgrounds.

The paper that follows should:

  • Explain the analysis of the college admission process
  • Explain the challenge facing admissions counselors

Example of an expository (explanatory) thesis statement:

The life of the typical college student is characterized by time spent studying, attending class, and socializing with peers.

The paper that follows should:

  • Explain how students spend their time studying, attending class, and socializing with peers

Example of an argumentative thesis statement:

High school graduates should be required to take a year off to pursue community service projects before entering college in order to increase their maturity and global awareness.

The paper that follows should:

  • Present an argument and give evidence to support the claim that students should pursue community projects before entering college


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