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What do these texts suggest to you about the forces that inhabit or encourage an individual's actions?

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Answered By Bobbie K

You are likely being asked to develop a thesis in response to this question. The thesis you develop will depend on which text(s) you are responding to. I like to break the question down by looking at individual words:

Force = something that makes a person act in a certain way (physical force, social pressures, guilt, "owing" someone, etc. 

Inhibit(or) = something that stops or slows action

Encourage = something that supports action 

Think about the characters in your texts; how do they behave? What are their motivations for their actions? Is there something the should have done, that they did not do? 


The theme statement might be something like:

In Name of Text by Name of Author, (the characters are) OR (a specific character is) (motivated to) OR (inhibited from) acting (a certain way) due to, (reason 1), (reason 2), (reason 3). 



In Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter is motivated to act heroically because of a desire to protect his loved ones, a need to prove himself to parental figures, and his strong moral sense of right and wrong. 


Another example:


In Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, the Death Eaters' harmful actions are motivated by desire for power, fear of repercussions, and the desire for community. 


(These are just examples. Your thesis will depend which text(s) you are examining.)