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Theme Essay Sample

You should only have one theme for the essay, although each paragraph may be about a different topic that relates to the theme. Here's a sample introduction, body paragraph, and conclusion based on the The Hunger Games example we talked about today in class (with the TOPICS in BOLD). You should have 5 paragraphs total (intro, 3 body paragraphs, conclusion) that are 5+ sentences each.


Trust is something that is built over time. Some people find it easy to give their trust, while others reserve trust for a small group of friends and family. In Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Game, Katniss is faced with a life and death situation—the Games—that leaves her with very few people to put her faith in. Throughout the book, Katniss must decide whether she will rely on herself or if her survival can only be secured by teaming up with her enemies. Each of her decisions is scrutinized by those watching the Games, which makes it that much harder to decide who's on her side. Therefore, in Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games, Katniss shows that the only person you can trust is yourself. (<---- this is your THESIS STATEMENT)

SAMPLE BODY PARAGRAPH (you should have 3 body paragraphs altogether):

    An important reason people decide not to trust others is due to betrayal. Katniss and Peeta agree to team up thanks to the advice of Haymitch. However, this plan quickly unravels once in the Games. “Obviously, the noble boy on the rooftop was playing just one more game with me. But this will be his last. I will eagerly watch the night skies for signs of his death, if I don’t kill him first myself." (page 221) After Katniss sees Peeta teaming up with the Tributes, she quickly realizes that Peeta is only looking out for himself. This betrayal is just one of the ways that The Hunger Games proves that trust can be a fragile thing.


     Even though Katniss has alliances throughout the book, the author shows that she ultimately relies on her own instincts to survive. She was betrayed by Peeta, hurt after losing Rue (the only person she did trust), and she was tricked by the Gamemakers after they made her think she could really "win." Whether it's with a group project for school or trying to do the right thing when you're out with friends, it is clear that sometimes the only person you can trust is yourself. You are your best moral compass, and you are the only one who knows what's in your own best interest. Like Katniss, sometimes the toughest decisions are ones that hurt people we love, but in the end, the only person you can trust is yourself.

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