Though expectations vary from one discipline to the next, the conclusion of your paper is generally a place to explore the implications of your topic or argument. It is often helpful to restate your argument in the conclusion, particularly in a longer paper, but most professors and instructors want students to go beyond simply repeating what they have already said. Your conclusion should offer the reader something new to think about--or, at the very least, it should offer the reader a new way of thinking about what you have said in your paper. You can employ one of several strategies for taking your conclusion that important step further:The strategy you employ in writing a conclusion for your paper may depend upon a number of factors: Choose a strategy that best maintains the flow and tone of your paper while allowing you to adequately tie together all aspects of your paper. Part of generating a thesis statement sometimes requires answering the "so what?" question--that is, explaining the significance of your basic assertion. When you use the "so what?" strategy to write your conclusion, you are considering what some of the implications of your argument might be beyond the points already made in your paper. This strategy allows you to leave readers with an understanding of why your argument is important in a broader context or how it can apply to a larger concept. If the paper argues that alcohol abuse among students depends more on psychological factors than simply the availability of alcohol on campus, a "so what?" conclusion might tie together threads from the body of the paper to suggest that universities are not approaching alcohol education from the most effective perspective when they focus exclusively on limiting students' access to alcohol. To use this strategy, ask yourself, "How does my argument affect how I approach the text or issue?"When you use the "connecting to a course theme" strategy to write your conclusion, you are establishing a connection between your paper's thesis and a larger theme or idea from the course for which you are writing your paper. A "connecting to a course theme" conclusion for this paper might propose that Welty's daughter characters demonstrate what type of people can and cannot escape the South. To use this strategy, ask yourself, "What is an overall theme of this course? How does my paper's thesis connect?"When you use the "complicating your claim" strategy to write your conclusion, you are using one or more additional resources to develop a more nuanced final thesis. This paper argues that Ireland refused to enter the war because it wanted to assert its sovereignty, not because it had no opinion about the conflict. A "complicating your claim" conclusion for this paper might provide historical evidence that Ireland did aid the Allies, suggesting that the Irish were more influenced by international diplomacy than their formal neutrality might suggest. To use this strategy, ask yourself, "Is there any evidence against my thesis?" or "What does an outside source have to say about my thesis?"When you use the "posing a new question" strategy to write your conclusion, you are inviting the reader to consider a new idea or question that has appeared as a result of your argument. " This paper argues that German, Italian, and Filipino versions of "Rapunzel" all vary in terms of characterization, plot development, and moral, and as a result have different themes.
John when he comes in. Did I break through one of your rings, that you spread that damned ice on the causeway? I shook my head. What struggle there was in him between Nature and Grace in this interval, I cannot tell: only singular gleams scintillated in his eyes, and strange shadows passed over his face.