Almost any English class will assign a critical essay as part of their curriculum. Basically this type of paper involves exploring a viewpoint on a piece of written work, literature, or other form of published material.
When you write the conclusion to a critical essay you have the opportunity to assemble all parts of the argument and form a lasting, positive impression on the reader.
Try incorporating some of the following tips into your conclusion to really make it stand out:
After writing a brilliant paper, don’t leave the reader wanting more and wishing you hadn’t let them down in the conclusion. An underwhelming conclusion leaves readers feeling disappointed and deflated.
This isn’t a good way to finish off an otherwise great paper. When the grader marks your paper, you want them to be in a positive mood when they are finished reading. Writing is more like art than it is like science, and the feeling the reader has plays a big role in whether or not your piece was effective.
In order to finish on a positive note, explain what you learned about the issues involved, about the theme or about the time period the piece of literature was set in. write how the piece had meaning to you. This isn’t to say you have to enjoy the piece you wrote a critical paper on; that defeats the purpose of writing critically. However, you can still find meaning in what someone else wrote.
It may be helpful to answer the following questions in your conclusion. What is the significance of your finding? What are the limitations to your viewpoints on this literature? What other relevant factors may come in to play? How did you form the perceptions you used?
The conclusion should answer arguments put forth in the introduction and shouldn’t deviate into areas not covered in the body of your paper.