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Lit Papers: The Ending

The ending, or conclusion as it is more commonly known, is perhaps the hardest part of any paper. You might reintroduce the point(s) that you set out to prove with your assertion, but this time include a few key arguments that you made during the body. In this instance, you are better served with paraphrasing, as opposed to quoting. One goal of your conclusion can be to leave your reader with a particularly memorable thought or idea after completing your literary analysis.

The hardest thing to avoid in the conclusion is the impression of it being the introduction, copied and pasted onto the end of the paper. This is one of the reasons to include key arguments that you made in the body. Another reason to include these key arguments is to leave them fresh in the mind of your reader, which is particularly important for any points which might have been pushed to the back of your reader's brain as he or she traveled through your paper with you.

A conclusion to the example involving The Awakening might look like this:

Edna Pontellier’s death was suicide. More than that, it was a preconceived suicide and not just a whimsical decision. The suicide was an act of rebellion and a means by which she emancipated herself from a life that she felt was asphyxiating her. Edna Pontellier’s homoerotic lusting for the same sex on a larger scale represents the bisexual potential that is inherent in all humans. And, in spite of the fact that Edna did leave behind a world that could never fully understand the lesbian within, she also left behind two motherless children, a budding artistic talent, and a newfound independence that very few females of the time were able to boast.
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