Tutor profile: Olive M.
What makes an effective concluding paragraph?
Even in an academic paper, your concluding paragraph can be as unique as you'd like. It's important to remember that your conclusion should not just be a repetition of your main points, but should also include why your audience should care about your specific argument or claims.
You have pulled the following quote from Theodore Dreiser's novel "Sister Carrie", and identified the somber tone in the ending of this rags to riches novel. “In your rocking-chair, by your window dreaming, shall you long, alone. In your rocking-chair, by your window, shall you dream such happiness as you may never feel,” (Dreiser 556). In your opinion, why do you think that Dreiser decided to end this novel on a somber note instead of an uplifting ending that celebrates all that Carrie has accomplished? What effect does this tone elicit in the audience?
Such a somber tone causes readers to see Carrie's journey as a cautionary tale, instead of a blueprint to success. While Carrie has succeed in monetary terms, she is left in “heartache” and “longing” as she doesn’t know her own value as an individual. This causes readers to focus on what Carrie has given up for her success rather than what she has gained.
When considering the sentence bellow, why is there a comma after the word "class"? "Because I went to class, I learned how to sign my name in ASL."
There is a comma after the word class, because it marks the end of a dependent clause. When a sentence begins with a dependent clause, such as the clause "Because I went to class", there needs to be comma separating the dependent clause from the main clause.
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