We hope you had success drafting a thesis statement for your chosen Paper 2 texts. We believe this is a critical step. Please don’t hesitate to break your thesis into two sentences; we find this can often lead to more clarity and precise expression of ideas.
In this activity, think back to Family Supper and Stones. Read the following sample thesis statements. Select “T” if they are acceptable. Select “F” is you believe there is something wrong with the thesis. Of course, this activity is somewhat subjective and open for debate. We hope our answers clarify our thinking.
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1. Both stories explore the tension between the expectations of familial duty and the desire for personal freedom, but “A Family Supper” focuses on the ways in which this tension can lead to tragedy within a family, while “Stones” examines the consequences of rebelling against these expectations.
2. Both “A Family Supper” and “Stones” explore the complexities of family dynamics and the ways in which past events can impact present relationships, but while Ishiguro’s story delves into the potential consequences of withholding important information, Findley’s story examines the destructive effects of toxic masculinity.
3. While the circumstances of their struggles are vastly different, the two fathers in Family Supper and Stones both struggle to articulate their feelings and cope with their emotions. This struggle has dire consequences for the family dynamic and in both cases results in fragmentation and discord.
4. “Both ‘A Family Supper’ by Ishiguro and ‘Stones’ by Timothy Findley explore the complexities of family dynamics and the ways in which the past can haunt and shape our present relationships. However, while Ishiguro’s story delves into the theme of cultural identity, Findley’s focuses on the impact of mental illness on a family.”
5. Both ‘A Family Supper’ and ‘Stones’ explore the themes of family, communication, and the consequences of past actions. While Ishiguro’s story delves into the complexities of Japanese culture and tradition, Findley’s story delves into the psychological effects of war and trauma.