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Conclusions - adapted from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Writing Center- Your conclusion should include an “insight.” An insight is a unique idea that comes from you. It shows YOUR individual thinking about something and shows that your analysis of the character leads to an idea that is important for the book as a whole – connected to theme, or the author’s purpose behind the character or the story. Here are some ideas for how to come up with an INSIGHTful conclusion: Return to the idea behind your hook. This strategy brings the reader full circle. For example, if you begin by describing a universal truth, you can end talking about how your character was a good example of this truth. Synthesize , don't summarize: Include a brief summary of the paper's main points, but don't simply repeat things that were in your paper. Instead, show your reader
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Unformatted text preview: how the points you made and the support and examples you used fit together. Pull it all together. • Point to broader meanings or themes . For example, if your essay is about George being a good friend to Lennie, explain what Steinbeck’s novel shows about the friendship. Things to Avoid • Beginning with an unnecessary, overused phrase such as "in conclusion," "in summary," or "in closing." Although these phrases can work in speeches, they come across as wooden and trite in writing. • Re-stating the thesis with the same words as you did in your introduction. • Introducing a new idea or subtopic in your conclusion. • Making sentimental, emotional appeals that are out of character with the rest of an analytical paper. • Including evidence (quotations, examples) that should be in the body of the paper....
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