"Words and phrases like 'recap', 'summary' and 'restatement of your thesis' don't accurately describe what an essay conclusion is.A conclusion is so much more, and a lot hinges on how well it is done." But none of the phrases above fully grasp the function of an essay conclusion.– Repeating the points from the main body without synthesizing them.
And those are the last things you want your reader to take away from reading your essay!
But rhetoric is one of the oldest scholarly disciplines in the world.
– Restating your thesis statement without any changes.
– Being too vague and forgetting to summarize your main ideas.
– Write the concluding paragraph; remember that it should be short and clear.
The last sentence of the concluding sentence is as significant as the thesis statement in the introduction.
You can’t really talk about essay conclusions without talking about rhetoric.
The conclusion to an essay is the most purely rhetorical part of the entire piece.
In fact, taking any one of them to be entirely synonymous with an essay conclusion is likely to lead you down the path towards writing bad essay conclusions, or at least missed-opportunity conclusions – conclusions that don’t take full advantage of their place at the end of the essay to fulfil their rhetorical potential.
If you’ve been paying attention you may have seen that we’ve already mentioned “rhetoric” a couple of times so far in this post – and this is no accident.