Writing this part of the conclusion is probably the part where you are most likely to get frustrated. The reason for this is that it is easy to make the mistake of virtually writing the whole essay out again. It is almost like the essay goblins jump out and keep shouting at you that you have to mention this and don’t forget that. Ignore the inner voice and concentrate on one point at a time. It is important to remember when writing a conclusion that is exactly what it is and not a reiteration of the whole essay again.
If you feel like your head is a kettle about to boil, you can ease it by printing up the main body of your essay and drawing a big red line between each point. This may seem like a childish action but it really works when your brain is blowing out steam all over the place. The reason is that the red lines automatically give you a cue that you have only this one point to deal with. Basically, you have sectioned it off and it helps with clarity.
Look at the first sentence of your point. Does it sum up the whole point? If it doesn’t, you may need to go back and re-write it. The reason for this is that your points should be made up of a summing up sentence followed by explanation and evidence. This may seem like extra work but it will make your essay much more focussed both for the person reading it and yourself.
Once your point is clear then you need to read through your evidence and be able to write a summing up of that for your conclusion. Let’s imagine that you are writing the Shelley and Bronte essay about narration. For instance, if one of your points uses the secondary evidence from Gilbert and Gubar’s ‘The Madwoman in the Attic’ and talks about how biographically both Shelley and Bronte lost their mother’s at an early age. You may have used the idea that neither of them knew their mother except through what other people told them and any documents that had survived. If you agree that this could be what has caused the fascination with gaining evidence in this manner, you may argue that it causes the actual texts to be flawed or more authentic because of this interest. Once you have gathered your evidence and thought about it, you can write with authority. For instance, you might suggest ‘
‘As Gilbert and Gubar (You may need to put a citation number here.) correctly pointed out, both authors lost their mother’s prematurely so it could be argued that the use of a multi oral narration displays a truthfulness in the text because of the human condition of the need to know about our ancestry.’
Work your way through each point, writing one sentence only. Take your time and fully concentrate on each individual point. Think about the opinion that you have now reached on it. Writing the main body part of the conclusion can be a satisfying experience because you have done the research and written most of your argument down so you are in the position of understanding exactly where you stand with your hypothesis. In other words, at all other points of writing your essay, you may not have been exactly clear about your views on your essay, however, at this stage, you hopefully are.