This will become your 'working' thesis and, unlike a hypothesis, it can change and adapt as you write and modify the paper.
A thesis statement is not set in stone, and can be modified and refined as you develop the essay.
You have two options for where in the introduction you’d like the thesis statement to be: In a research paper, it is a little easier to write the thesis statement, because you already know your hypothesis, and will be basing it around that.
For an essay, you will need to establish your aim, and the overall direction of the paper.
As you uncover more information, you may change your view slightly.
In an argumentative essay, for example, where you have to try to rebut arguments, it is not unheard of for the writer to convince themselves that the opposite is true, and completely change the thesis.
Ask yourself if each element of your introduction is helping to launch your final thesis statement or whether it’s merely extra information.
Your thesis is not a short rerun of the introduction, but a specific position that you’ve arrived at given all the information you lay out in your introduction.
For most papers, you want to discuss one concept and elaborate on that, otherwise the paper quickly loses focus.
Too many smaller theses will likely end up confusing the reader or weakening the overall effect.