How to write a strong conclusion
Writing a persuasive and powerful essay needs plenty of attention to structure, format and organisation. One of the pre-requisites of such an essay is a proper introduction and a definite conclusion.
Writing an essay without a proper conclusion, is equal to leaving the topic or issue hanging in thin air. After reading so much, the reader does not know what to make of it. Thus, we can consider the conclusion as the gift wrapping around the complete essay, which describes the essence of the essay.
Why a strong conclusion is needed!
A strong conclusion is a prerequisite to a powerful and impactful essay. The intention of the essay to make the readers think, question, analyse an issue or subject of interest is successful only when the conclusion is effective.
A good conclusion needs to fulfill the following objectives to achieve its purpose. It should express the main point or thesis statement of the essay in a concise manner. It should re-emphasize the supporting points made previously, by highlighting them with regard to the main statement. It is not a repetition of the points made during the course of the essay. When you are evaluating the conclusion, you need to check for the following things:
- Ensure that you have not repeated anything within the conclusion. The purpose of the conclusion is to synthesize the different threads of information presented earlier, into a convincing finale. Hence, the aim should be to synthesize, than summarize. The conclusion should be able to generate new meaning from the information presented in the course of the essay.
- No introduction of new material. That is distracting and distracts from the purpose of the conclusion.
- Test the validity of the thesis statement: whether it is evidence based and matches what has been discussed in the essay; it should stand the test.
- The conclusion should be able to answer the question, “So,what”?
- The conclusion should indicate the probable direction in which readers can go with respect to the particular topic; implications, results, consequences etc. It is considered to be the last word on the issue, for now.
- Echoing the introduction is a great strategy. It links the introduction and the conclusion to the body and generates cohesiveness and flow in the material.
- An interesting way to terminate a conclusion is by asking a question. That can leave your readers challenged, puzzled and curious. You can also mention quotes and interesting findings to buttress your answer.
- Another way to conclude is by suggesting possible methods to solve the problem discussed or understand the issue.
- Keep the concluding statements fresh and natural. Avoid using cliched and overused phrases.
Thus, the purpose of a conclusion is like the signpost at the end of a road; it indicates which direction the discourse or discussion can take. It indicates an exit sign; a temporary end to the discussion with some hints on the implications of what has been discussed. It is that final landmark in an essay which will establish the quality of your thinking and understanding. So do ensure that the conclusion is written in such a way that it leaves your audience thinking!
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