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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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