Coming to Conclusions
The conclusion of an essay is a key factor of the overall effectiveness of an essay. Often seen as a brief summary of the paper, the conclusion frequently revisits the thesis of the paper, sometimes repeating lines or words from the introduction verbatim. This almost textbook-like format can be effective but is by no means the only option there is when a writer concludes an essay. In fact, the title of “the conclusion” can be quite misleading. Many types of conclusions do not bring together any clear conclusions at all. This decision of which type to use is one the author has to make, and if chosen carefully, can create a stronger message to the reader. After these decisions are made, the reader is demanded to think in different ways depending on exactly how the conclusion is written. This being said, the author needs to pick the most effective conclusion for his own essay depending on its content, structure, length, and other factors; no one type of conclusion is always better than another.
Two of the major types of conclusions the author can choose from when creating the conclusion are equally effective in different situations. The first type of conclusion is to leave the reader with a sense of closure often clearing up any remaining questions left over from the essay itself. This type of conclusion can be found in Anzaldua’s “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” which talks about the attempt of smothering the culture of a minority. It is written by a slightly confusing style and structure through its use of different languages and it’s broken up structure. The conclusion brings the confusion of the earlier parts of an essay to a close by essentially explaining how the author feels about the topic and what she plans for the future of her culture. “We count the days the weeks the years the centuries the aeons until the white laws and commerce and customs will rot in the deserts they’ve created” (93). This strategy Anzaldua uses...
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