12 Essay Conclusion Examples to Help You Finish Strong
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Have you ever heard that different people learn in different ways? Well, it’s true. And while some people may be able to learn just by reading the theories on how to do something, you learn differently–you need actual examples.

Just like protestors or politicians, I’m here to lead by example. I’ve put together a list of essay conclusions that cover a range of topics and essay formats to serve as a stepping stone for your own writing.

Why Do You Need a Strong Conclusion?

Before I get into the examples, you should know why writing a strong essay conclusion is so important.

Your conclusion is not just a summary of what you’ve already written. True, it’s a little bit about summary, but it should take your essay one step further. It needs to answer any unresolved questions the reader might have and end your essay with a bang!

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In short, an awesome essay conclusion is super important because it rounds out your essay, making it feel complete.

Now on to the good stuff…

Analytical Essay Conclusion Examples

Topic #1: Analyze the theme of compassion for one character in the Hunger Games series.

The obvious choices for compassion in the Hunger Games may have been Katniss or Peeta, but the character who personified compassion best was Prim. Throughout the series, her compassion can be seen when she keeps secrets from her mother for Katniss, when she heals Gale after he gets whipped, and as the last act of her life as she rushes to save children in the Capitol. She truly lived Albert Schweitzer’s words, “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”

Topic #2: What caused the Civil War?

The importance of each cause of the American Civil War can be debated, but what is fact is that there were several factors that led the South to secede. Slavery, states’ rights, and the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency–even though no state in the South voted for him–all contributed to the war. Even though it has been nearly 150 years since the Civil War ended, some of the leftover divide between North and South can still be seen.

Topic #3: Analyze Facebook’s influence on America’s youth.

Though social media allows young users to connect with people across the world and get instantaneous news about the world around them, it also has come with many complications. From access to inaccurate information to the rise of cyberbullying, the bad can sometimes outweigh the good among younger users. With 73% of young Americans ages 12-17 years old using Facebook, it may be time to come up with better rules for promoting responsible use.

(Learn how to write an analytical essay outline.)

Expository Essay Conclusion Examples

Topic #4: Explain how to write an essay conclusion.

Essay conclusions are pretty simple once you know the framework. It all boils down to three main parts: a transition from the last body paragraph, a summary of the thesis statement and main points of the essay, and a closing statement that wraps everything up. If all students knew this simple formula, maybe essay writing would be easier for everyone.

Topic #5: What is the scientific method?

The scientific method is common sense. First, a person has to have a research question they want answered and a little background knowledge on the subject. Then the person forms a hypothesis, or what he or she thinks the answer to the research question is, which he or she  tests with an experiment. Finally, the person should analyze the data and draw a conclusion. This method can be used both in and out of the scientific realm, testing everything from history to social issues.

Topic #6: What are the causes of homelessness?

Passing by a homeless person is not uncommon especially in urban settings. Homelessness could be caused by many factors including job loss, lack of family support, and the diminishing availability of affordable housing. Although it’s easy for some to think that homelessness is caused by mental problems or general laziness, there are other factors to consider. Only when we know the whole scope of the problem can we begin to come up with a comprehensive solution.

(Learn more about writing expository essays.)

Narrative Essay Conclusion Examples

Topic #7: Write about what it would be like to be put into the pages of Romeo and Juliet?

Being catapulted into the pages of Romeo and Juliet would definitely come with some culture shock. Men would be carrying swords and fighting each other in the street. Girls would be getting married at 13 years old. Had I the knowledge of what would become of the star-crossed lovers, I would have warned Romeo that Juliet’s death was a hoax and to wait until she woke up. This, of course, would make the play quite different, but I would feel that it was my duty after having spent so much time with the characters.

Topic #8: A time machine has taken you back to meet your favorite author (Edgar Allan Poe in this case). Write about that meeting.

As Edgar and I were discussing the common themes and dark imagery of his works, the waiter interrupted us, I reached for the wine decanter, poured myself a glass, and asked if he would like some.

“No, thanks.” he said, laughing grimly. “After all, it might be poisoned.”

Topic #9: Tell about your proudest moment.

Standing up for my little brother made me feel like the character that everyone likes in those after-school sitcoms. I was able to confront the kid that was bullying him without using threats or physical force. In the end, encouraging the two to have an open dialogue brought them closer, and while they may never be best friends, at least they can respect each other.

(Learn more about writing narrative essays.)

Persuasive Essay Conclusion Examples

Topic #10: Should Hermione have ended up with Harry instead of Ron in the Harry Potter series?

Harry may be the main character of the Harry Potter series, and J.K. Rowling may have stated recently that even she thinks Hermione and Harry should have ended up together, but the characters are much too similar. They are both natural leaders, which would create a lot of relationship tension. Ron, on the other hand, is the Type B to balance Hermione’s Type A personality.Since Harry ended up with Ron’s sister, Ginny, all three main characters are married into the same family. That certainly would make holiday get-togethers much more entertaining.

Topic #11: Should college education be free?

The amount of student loan debt is an indication that something is definitely wrong with the system. Although universities need an income to survive, getting a college education should still come at no direct cost to the student. Free education would allow for a more educated nation as a whole, it would leave some students with more time to work more on their studies than their jobs, and it could encourage universities to get more creative. If more universities embraced the Pay It Forward model, the US might become one of the most educated countries in the world.

Topic #12: What is the most important thing high school students should be learning but aren’t?

There are many areas where public high school education could improve, but the most important is financial planning. While some may argue for better nutrition or fitness programs, that information is easily available online and even in commercials–and should actually be taught starting in elementary school. Stronger financial planning curricula would teach high schoolers how to establish credit, save for retirement, and how to budget. All of these are important for life in the real world but can be filled with confusing jargon and advertising schemes. With Americans having more than $11 trillion in debt, it’s time the younger generation be taught how not to be another statistic.

(Learn more about writing persuasive essays.)

A Final Word on Final Paragraphs

As you probably noticed, there are a lot of ways to end an essay. Generally, there will be a summary, but narrative essays might carry an exception. These types of essays allow you to be more creative with your conclusion. You should still try to end the essay with a sense of closure even if, as in the case of Topic #8, this means ending on a somewhat ominous note.

No matter how you learn, it’s pretty helpful to have practical examples. And now that you do, you can get to finishing your own essay. Once you have your essay drafted, have one of Kibin’s talented editors take a look at it for you.

Good luck!

*Cover image Photo by Derek Harper via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Sarah M. Pereira

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  • Jo

    This example has helped me to understand essay writing better. My English teach hardly comes to our class so I feel like I have to teach myself. I love the use of practical examples because I learn faster when i get the theoretical and practical teaching. Thanks a lot!

    • We’re happy to hear that we could help you! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  • Excellent piece , I was enlightened by the insight , Does anyone know where my company can grab a fillable ASQ-3 12 Month Questionnaire example to edit ?

  • Leticia Gonzalez

    how about any examples for history??

    • Hey there, great idea for a blog post, but right now we don’t have much history paper content (except this one: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/how-to-find-primary-sources-for-your-essay/).

      I think the qualities of your conclusion will work the same for your history essay: so basically restate your thesis in new words, and leave the reader with something to think about. A good history related example from the above list is:

      Topic #2: What caused the Civil War?

      The importance of each cause of the American Civil War can be debated, but what is fact is that there were several factors that led the South to secede. Slavery, states’ rights, and the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency–even though no state in the South voted for him–all contributed to the war. Even though it has been nearly 150 years since the Civil War ended, some of the leftover divide between North and South can still be seen.

      Good luck!

  • That’s very creative, Jack and could definitely become the premise for closing the first book of a sci-fi trilogy as a teaser for the next installment. 🙂

  • Priscilla

    What about a conclusion for an Analytical Essay?

  • Hi Jasmine,

    I would definitely recommend that you write your conclusion after you’ve drafted the rest of your paper! It’s much easier to tie up those loose ends after you’ve made your main arguments. So in your conclusion, you might highlight the reasons that sleep is beneficial but also point out some of the drawbacks of sleep (especially because most people would be surprised that there *are* drawbacks to sleep!). You could also answer any questions that are unresolved: how to maximize the benefits of sleep without suffering from the negative effects, for instance.

    Happy writing!
    Erin

  • Dewitt

    What about a conclusion to an essay on mood disorders

    • Hi Dewitt,

      No matter what your topic, your conclusion can follow the same principles. as the above examples.

      Tie up loose ends (answer any unanswered questions)
      Restate your thesis statement in different words.
      Close with an insight or thought that expands upon the work you put into your essay and leaves your reader something to think about.

      Here is another helpful post on writing an essay conclusion: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/essay-conclusion/

      Happy writing!
      Naomi

  • Sharay Johnson

    Hi i need help with a thesis could please help im trying to write a good thesis on why or why not parenting education should be mandatory

    • Hi Sharay,

      You need to take a stance and then find evidence to support your stance. Your framework might look like the following:

      Parenting education should be mandatory (Where? A specific town or in the U.S. or in certain circumstances?) because REASON 1, REASON 2, and REASON 3.

      an example reason is that it would make for safer home environments.

      or

      Parenting education is unnecessary and should not be mandatory (Where?) because REASON 1, REASON 2, and REASON 3.

      an example reason is it would be an infringement on freedom and difficult to create a curriculum that would take into account different family values.

      Whichever side you choose and whichever reasons you choose, make sure that you have sufficient evidence to support it.

      Also I recommend reading this post: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/how-to-write-a-thesis-statement/

      Happy writing!
      Naomi

      • Sharay Johnson

        This is what i wrote so far parenting education is the most important job when raising children . Rasining children does not come with instructions. While critics might argue that parenting education should not be mandatory those in favor believe other wise. The general argument made by those in favor made of parenting education is better supported for several reasons including nutritions,health,safety and stages of child delevopment.. Ms naomi if there is anything u disagree with please let me know

        • Hi Sharay–
          I think you are off to a good start. I would just revise as follows:

          Raising children does not come with an instruction manual, and parents would be more successful with parenting education. While critics might argue that parenting education should not be mandatory because it is an infringement on the parents’ freedoms, those in favor believe otherwise. Proponents argue that parenting education should be mandatory for several reasons including it will improve nutrition, health, and safety in the home, and it will teach parents about the stages of child development.

          Once again, great job! I think this is coming together very nicely.

          Best,
          Naomi

      • Sharay Johnson

        Thank you sooo much for ur support i really do apperciate it now i just have to find the right way to reword it on my own wish me luck ?? THANKYOU???

        • Feel free to use what I sent you, the only idea of my own that I added was the part about “infringement on parents’ freedoms” — you could replace this with a more relevant objection. The rest of it was your words just polished up and organized!

  • hannah

    I’m writing a persuasive essay but i don’t know a good way to close it. Any advice?

    • Hi Hannah,

      The general practice for writing a good conclusion is to restate your thesis in a different way, tie up any loose ends, and leave your reader thinking. You could do this last part by bringing up a question about the future of your topic or challenge your audience to act (this is an especially good approach in a persuasive essay.)

      You can learn more about conclusions with this post: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/essay-conclusion/

      Best,
      Naomi

  • Hiya James,

    I think that you could focus on these crops’ role in the betterment of humanity and how they might contribute solutions to problems that will arise/worsen in the future.

    Best,
    Erin

  • Hi Henry,

    Since genetic engineering has the potential to impact the future, I would focus on one or two of the issues that genetic engineering has the best shot at helping — perhaps ending on an optimistic note 🙂 Thanks for reading!

    Best,
    Erin

  • Max

    I disagree that your conclusion should say something new. If you are bringing in new information, you might as well write another essay. Conclusions are for reiteration and summarization ONLY.

    • Hi Max,

      You’re right that you shouldn’t necessarily introduce new information, but there’s nothing wrong with leaving the reader with fresh insight on the topic or something that expands one’s understanding of your subject. The idea is to give the reader something to chew on.

      Cheers!
      Erin

  • Ada Moua

    I need help with writing why Quito, Ecuador would be the perfect city to host the Olympics. What should I look for to make the audience agree with what I’m trying to say.

    • Hi Ada,

      You just need to sit down and brainstorm some of the most compelling reasons to host the Olympics there (weather, surroundings, availability of space for an Olympic park, cost…). I’d try to come up with a list of 15 or so items and then from there, choose three or four that are the most convincing reasons and that you can support with evidence to make your paper the most persuasive.

      You might also check out this post: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/how-to-write-a-persuasive-essay/

      Best,
      Naomi

  • Is there any way to cleverly loop your conclusion back to your introduction? Typically your conclusion doesn’t have to do a whole lot more than restate your thesis in a new way, tie up loose ends, and maybe leave your reader with something to think about.

    Haven’t read the poem (so you don’t want to use my idea verbatim because it probably doesn’t make sense), but an example of restating and adding something to think about would look something like :

    In the end, despite the speaker’s anxieties, the devil does not have more power over the speaker than God does, but God doesn’t have power either. In truth, he is the one in control of his own life. While it’s tempting to ascribe one’s fate to external forces as a way to avoid responsibility for one’s actions and decisions, at the end of the day, the power always comes from within.

    Happy writing,
    Naomi

  • Sarah

    i need an conclusion that is fun/funny for newtons 3 laws, please help and send a response ASAP!

    • TayTay

      Without Newton’s 3 laws and his discovery of gravity, science would be WEIGHTLESS in our lives

  • Jahan Baker

    am writing an essay on obedience i need help on the ending of this essay..can i get help rn 🙁

  • isidro catinan

    Hi i need help for my report today 9am in the morning on “Ways to end a composition” could u help me please..

  • anne patrice arevalo

    Hi I need help. I’m writing a paragraphs for “why should senior high school students enroll in our school” And it’s persuasive paragraph. I need an conclusion please thanks!!

    • Hi Anne–

      You might want to check out this blog post for more help: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/essay-conclusion/

      In short, you conclusion should paint a clear and compelling picture for why your school is the right choice for seniors. Use this chance to tie up loose ends and make the choice seem obvious.

      Happy writing!

  • Hi Hector,

    Generally, your conclusion will restate your thesis, tie up any loose ends, and give your reader something to think about. You can learn more about each of these elements in this post: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/essay-conclusion/

    Best,
    Naomi

  • Kyrie Plaster

    I’m comparing between single called organisms and cells from multicellular organisms. I would like to know how to conclude my concluding paragraph.

  • Hi Serena,

    I can think of a few possible ways that you could finish your essay. If the overall tone of your essay is sad, you could conclude on a hopeful note, where you look ahead to when the boy’s father comes home: what will they do? How does the boy feel about it? How old will the boy be — the father? Maybe something like: “While [the boy] understood that his father would be gone for [some amount of time], he looked forward to the day his father walked through the doorway…”

    If you want to close on a more somber note, you could also close with a comment about war’s effect on families if that fits with your overall thesis and main idea: “The effects of war are not only fought by soldiers, but by the families they leave back home…”

    I hope this gives you some ideas 🙂 Happy writing!

    Best,
    Erin

  • Sera

    am I the only one who get stuck in the conclusion? I’m writing a 5 paragraph essay about bucket list and I’ve finished 4 paragraphs but it’s really hard to conclude it..

    • You’re definitely not the only one who gets stuck there; that’s why we wrote this post 🙂

      I’m not sure if you’re writing about *your* bucket list or the movie The Bucket List. If it’s your own list, then the examples under the “narrative” and “expository” sections will be the best ones to use for inspiration. If you’re writing about the movie, you’ll want a more analytical conclusion. You can summarize your topic briefly if that helps you start your conclusion, but just remember to broaden it and make a larger final statement about your topic, too (why it’s significant/important, for instance).

  • Izzie

    I’m writing an argumentative essay about drugs and alcohol. I have no clue in how to end it. Help?

  • Adam Fahmy

    hi im doing a paper on the effects of ww2 can u please help 🙂

  • Ariana Horan

    help me, my topic is about discrimination

  • kairi mullins

    I’m writing an essay on the dutch colony of new netherland and I don’t know how to write the conclusion paragraph. Can you help??

  • Hi Felisha,

    It’s hard to say how to approach your conclusion without knowing a little more about what exactly you said about chocolate in your essay (mmm, chocolate). Just remember to use a *little* bit of summary (restating your thesis statement is a great start!) and then end on a note that leaves your reader thinking. Here’s some more great advice: https://www.kibin.com/essay-writing-blog/essay-conclusion/

    Best,
    Erin

  • Cari BJ

    please pray for me. Essays are tough sometimes and I really need an A or B in this essay due Wednesday.

  • McAjuso Austine

    this is really dope and helpful

  • So glad you found it helpful, Bob. Thanks for reading!

  • Lian Yeremyan

    I AM WRITING A COURSE WORK ABOUT CONVERSION IN ENGLISH AND I NEED HELP ON INTRODUCTION AND CONCLUSION PLESSEEE(((((

  • Serdor Charyyev

    Hey everyone)I am writing about “Which of the following Cold War president-Truman Eisenhower or Kennedy was able to contain the spread of Communism?”…Can someone help me with this please?i will be thankful))))

    • Serdor Charyyev

      i need help with conclusion:(

    • Hi Serdor,

      A conclusion for that essay might talk about the spread of communism (or lack thereof) after the term of the president you chose to write about — for instance, you might mention modern-day communist nations and what a president today could learn from President Truman, Eisenhower or Kennedy.

      Best,
      Erin

  • ThisLaura

    I’m doing an essay on the relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth and how it develops I’ve got the main paragraphs and introduction but I’m not sure how to finish the conclusion by relating to the essay question. “Choose a play which explores an important relationship, for example husband and wife, leader and follower, parent and child, or any other relationship. Describe this relationship and then, by referring to appropriate techniques, explain how the relationship develops.”

    • I think you could end the essay by discussing the larger significance of their relationship within the play and (if you want to go the hypothetical route) mention how the play would be different had their relationship been different. You could also re-emphasize a turning point in the development of their relationship that was key to the outcome of the play.

  • Thuy Trang

    I’m doing an essay about tuition-free college. And I chose to against it. I’m stuck with the conclusion. I don’t know how to end this or recommend a better solution for this. Can someone help me? Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Thuy,

      It sounds like you might be getting hung up on the “recommend a better solution” idea, which isn’t a requirement — it’s just one way to end an essay. Instead, you might end by noting the sense of satisfaction one feels when knowing that they paid for their education (perhaps tying this to your own experience, if you are currently paying tuition) or another benefit of tuition — this is a good opportunity to mention something beneficial that perhaps wasn’t “meaty” enough to be one of the main points of your argument.

      Best,
      Erin