How to Write Essay Conclusion

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How to Write an Essay Conclusion. Basically, writing a conclusion for your essay is like summarizing the main points you discussed in the body paragraphs. In your conclusion, you also restate your thesis or main claim. It is where you resolve the issue by reiterating your main contention. Another way of concluding your essay is by offering an alternative solution to the problem. Of these three, the conventional approach in writing a conclusion is summarizing your claims in a few sentences, or consolidating your ideas into a single sentence.

There are several steps that you can follow in writing a conclusion. One is to write down what each of your body paragraph argues or states into separate sentences, and ordering these sentences into a logical sequence leading to your thesis. Below is an example of a conclusion that follows this method:

Euthanasia always involves the dilemma of choosing between life or death [summary of first body paragraph]. To choose death over life is to choose to extinguish all possibility of hope for recovery and the right to life [summary of second body paragraph]. Extinguishing all possibility of hope for another human being and his inherent right to life is cruel and inhumane [summary of third body paragraph]. What is cruel and inhumane has no place in a moral society [summary of fourth body paragraph]. Euthanasia should have no place in any society that subscribes to moral norms and standards [thesis or main idea].

Another step of writing a conclusion is to offer an alternative solution to the problem you discussed. This method best applies to essays where certain problems are tackled and where solutions are most needed. For example, if you are writing about the problem of teenage alcoholism, you may conclude by offering a way to overcome this habit. For instance:

Teenage alcoholism should not make parents feel hopeless. Instead of simply accepting the condition of their child, parents should first engage their child in a close conversation [proposed solution]. That way, parents can identify the reasons why their child is addicted to alcohol and provide the help that their child needs in order to keep them away from their bad habit.

Finally, in writing your essay's conclusion, you may simply restate your thesis. In doing so, you need not to introduce new ideas since the conclusion part is where you provide your final or closing statements. You may, however, end with a question or a challenge to your readers so that they will have to continue to rethink your arguments even after reading your essay.

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