Main Assertion

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Your main assertion is a statement that presents your main interpretation of a text.

Your interpretation should look something like this:

The text (commercial, song, story, film, video game) suggests that main assertion

A few other ways of writing “suggests”:

tells us

Your main assertion should fit one of the following formulas:

Definitional/Categorical: (X is Y) or (X is not Y)

Resemblance: (X is like Y) or (X is not like Y)

Ethical: (X is right) or (X is wrong)

Evaluative: (X is a good Y) or (X is a bad Y)

Causal: (X causes Y) or (X does not cause Y)

Proposal: (We should do X) or (We should not do X)

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