"And so thusly in conclusion to finally summarize our topic therefore, we must look at our opinion carefully coming to only one possible conclusionary proposition." Is this what the end of your paper looks like, written in some huge font that seems to grow progressively larger throughout the paper?

What Should Your Conclusion Do For You?

Your conclusion should give the reader your final opinion on your topic. This opinion may or may not agree with the opinion you held before looking at the evidence you have, and you can say so!

Agreeing or disagreeing with the opinion that you had in the beginning is VERY different from simply switching sides in the middle of a paper because you do not think you will have enough information to cover your side.

For Example:

The crescendo of the poem is that the narrator wants so strongly to meet with God that he nearly feels himself physically lifted from the earth. This poem follows a definite building pattern beginning from the lower point of dealing the imagery of death inherent in the Autumnal references, continuing through the attempt at raising the gaze and love to the plane of God, and thundering home with Hopkins relating the metaphysical benevolence of God to the physical action of an near angelic flight.

Your conclusion should give the reader a sense that you agree with your conclusion and that you understand its full implications.

Your conclusion should answer all the questions and problems presented by your introduction.

If you look at the page on introductions, you should be able to see that this essay's primary concern is with the rhythm technique used in Hurrahing in Harvest and how that affects the author's purpose.

Below are two complete papers to further demonstrate how important an essay's conclusion can be. The first is on vegetarianism. The second is on Exceptions to the Stereotype Rule On Television.

Prepared by Robert Ward