However, it is the conclusion that wraps everything together and prompts the reader to take action or ponder further. Just as the introduction was the opening argument, the conclusion is the closing argument.
This is the last chance a writer has to address the reader and influence their way of thinking.
The conclusion should answer the Introduction and offer convincing compelling arguments, based on the facts within the body of the essay. In truth, for the author who has researched and considered the issue, it is the climax and resolution of the struggle to present the issue within the writer’s chosen context.
Rather than summarizing the facts in a final paragraph, a conclusion should tie all the previously presented ideas together, braiding them into an argument that demands the attention of the reader.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
Open with a question, finish up the conclusion with an answer that punctuates the main idea. Conclude with a shocking, surprising or humorous statement.
Use a quote that emphasizes or illustrates the thesis.
Writing the introduction and body of a paper is a big accomplishment, but you still need to write your conclusion.
Writing a conclusion can feel difficult, but it's easier if you plan ahead.