the very last impression your reader gets of your paper,
the conclusion is your opportunity to sell your argument
once and for all. It's a place for reflection, for looking
back at the relationship between the numerous ideas of your
paper. Most importantly, however, it ought to be the site
of your most complex analysis; that which incorporates everything
that's gone before.
allow the conclusion to become merely a restatement of the
thesis with a couple of linking sentences beforehand.
view it as merely an ornamental way to end your paper -
its role should be to justify your paper at the highest
analyze how your argument has changed as your paper has
progressed. If you haven't proven anything more than merely
what you mentioned in your introduction, you haven't really
said anything at all. Throughout the course of a good paper
new subtleties of argument ought to have manifested themselves,
and the place to integrate all these subtleties into a new,
more powerful statement of your thesis, is right in the
begin your conclusion with the opener "In conclusion...".
That makes your paper awkwardly self-conscious and contrived,
rather than naturally unfolded.
attempt some sort of unified closure, with respect to what
you set up in the introduction. If you used one of the previously
mentioned clever introductions, make reference again to
the quote, questions, or anecdote you incorporated.
consider linking your argument to a more universal idea,
analyzing its relevance with an eye on the new angle your