Conclusions A successful conclusion should NOT… • Introduce new facts, ideas, or arguments • Repeat the introduction • Be a listing of information that was presented • Include the words “in conclusion” or “to summarize” A successful conclusion should… • Sum up the ideas you have developed • Follow logically from what has come before • Leave the reader with something to think about
Conclusion Sample Hurston succeeds in portraying a political message through her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Instead of attacking white society, she shows the thriving black society that stands alone, exempt from white puppetry, and gains a respect for the everyday life and culture of the African Americans. Flouting the well-loved philosophies of Booker T. Washington, Hurston stresses black pride and group solidarity. For “throwing that bucket down” doesn’t do much good if there is gold in the bucket.
Conclusion Sample If the Duke has any redeeming qualities, they fail to appear in the poem. Browning's emphasis on the Duke's traits of arrogance, jealousy, and materialism make it apparent that anyone who might have known the Duke personally would have based his opinion of him on these three personality "flaws." Ultimately, our opinion of the Duke is not a favorable one, and it is clear that Browning meant us to feel this way.