How To Write A Conclusion

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In the concluding paragraph, you summarise what you wrote about in your essay. Once you write a good conclusion section, you have to think about the key point you want to get across make sure it was included. If you have already written a great introductory paragraph, you can write anything similar with different wording. Here are a few things to remember:

Writing the conclusion of an essay doesn't seem to be complicated or confusing. It's really an easy process once you get to know what the conclusion is and how to write it down.

In this post, you will discover what the conclusion of an exhibition essay really should be. And you're going to learn a quick but successful way to conclude your essay.

The Truth About Essay Conclusions

The first aspect to note about the conclusions of essays or research papers is that they have been essentially a repetition of what is already said.

If your conclusion doesn't really restate your arguments, then new stuff must be added. Oh, because what else would it do, then?

In order to create a sense of completion, one or both of the following may be done:

  • Reach the conclusion by connecting the last paragraph to the first, maybe by repeating a word or phrase that you used at the start.
  • Conclude a sentence consisting mostly of one-syllable words. Simple language can help to establish an impact of understatement drama.
  • Conclude a statement that is compounded or dual in the structure; such statements may create a sense of consistency or order which may sound usually near the end of a complicated discussion.

To end the topic without ending it, you may do one or both of the following:

  • Conclude a quotation from it or reference to a primary or secondary reference that enhances your main argument or places it in a different context. A quote from, say, a book or essay you're writing about will add depth and detail to your discussion; a reviewer or scholar will help confirm or confuse your final argument. For instance, you could conclude an essay on the concept of homes in James Joyce's short story collection, Dubliners, with details on Joyce's own complicated feelings about Dublin, his house. Or you can end with a biographer's statement about Joyce's attitude towards Dublin, which might highlight the reactions of his characters to the city. Just be careful, particularly when using supplementary material: please ensure you have the last word.
  • Reach the conclusion by putting your topic in a separate, maybe larger, sense. For instance, you could end an essay on nineteenth-century muckraking reporting by connecting it to the latest news magazine system like 60 Minutes.
  • Conclude by reinventing one of the keywords in your claim. For example, an essay on Marx's treatment of the dispute among wage labor and capital may begin with Marx's statement that "capitalist capitalism is ... a giant enterprise of dehumanization;" an essay may conclude by implying that Marxist analysis is itself dehumanizing because it interprets anything in terms of economics — instead of in ethical or moral terms.
  • Conclude by considering the implications (or study or discussion) of your statement. What does your statement mean, include, or suggest? For instance, an essay on the novel Ambiguous Adventure by the Senegalese writer Cheikh Hamidou Kane could open up the notion that the protagonist's creation indicates Kane's belief in the need to incorporate Western materialism and Sufi spirituality into modern Senegal. The conclusion could establish a better but related argument that the novel in its entirety implies that such incorporation is (or is not) possible.

Finally, some advice on how not to end an essay:

  • Don't just summarise your thesis. A brief description of your claim can be useful, particularly if your essay is long — more than ten pages or so. But short essays tend not to include a revision of the key ideas.
  • Ignore phrases such as "concluding," "concluding," "summarising," and "summarising." These words can be useful — even welcome — in oral presentations. But viewers could see, through the tell-tale narrowing of the pages, whenever the essay is just about to finish. If you figure out the answer, you'll annoy the readers.
  • Stop the temptation to apologise for this. If you have invested yourself in your topic, you now know a lot more about this than you can probably include in a five-or ten-or 20-page essay. As a consequence, by the time you're done writing, you might have some questions about what you've made. (And if you haven't engaged yourself in your topic, you may feel even more uncertain regarding your essay as you come to the conclusion.) Repress those doubts. Don't weaken your credibility by making statements like, "This is only one solution to the topic; there might be other, better approaches ..."
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