The Purpose of a Conclusion

lizzie79 By lizzie79, 13th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When writing a nonfiction article, a conclusion is an important section that serves several different purposes as outlined in the article here.


Any experienced writer will know that an article is more than just a whole; it is divided into sections that all have a different purpose. First comes the introduction. This introduces the topic of the article and the main themes that are to follow. Next comes the main body of the article. This is likely to be several different paragraphs that are sometimes headed with subtitles that identify each of them independently. Each of these paragraphs will make a new point or argument in relation to the theme of the article. Finally, the article will have a concluding statement. Yet, what is the purpose of the conclusion?

Draws Your Arguments Together

The article will have a theme that will have many different points, key facts or arguments. These will each be outlined separately in the paragraphs of the main body of the argument. The conclusion is the opportunity to draw together each of these separate points. Combined, these will create a conclusive statement.

States Your Stance on a Topic

If the article requires the writer to draw a conclusion that sides with one argument against the other, the main body will outline different viewpoints. The purpose of the conclusion in this instance is to write a statement regarding which argument is the strongest and why.

Final Impact on Reader

The conclusion is the final statement that you will make in an article. Therefore, it should add to the overall quality of the article. It will be this section of the article that the reader is likely to remember the most and thus it should be this section that makes the most impact on the reader.

What Not to Include

A conclusion should only draw on pints that have already been main in the main body of the article. No new points or facts should be included at this stage. Also,it is generally the rule that the conclusion should only be one paragraph in the conclusion The exceptions to this rule are extended essays and dissertations where a conclusion is likely to require several paragraphs to sum up the different aspects of the written piece.


The conclusion is the final section of an article or an essay. The purpose of the conclusion is to summarize the main points and arguments made in the article, give the writers view on his preferred argument and to create a lasting impression on the reader.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Apr 2014 (#)

Well explained. We owe it to our readers to write succinctly and clearly to make it worth their while - siva

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