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How to Write a Conclusion in a Critical Lens Essay


A critical lens essay use two pieces of literature and analyzes their portrayal of a given statement or quote. Aiming to persuade readers to accept his perception of critical lens and its application, a writer constructs his analysis using various examples from the texts along with his own logic. It is the conclusion that gives the critical lens essay its cohesion and its definitive flair.

State and attribute the quote at the source of your critical lens. You may have already stated the quote earlier in your essay, but it is good practice to refresh your readers' attention at the end. Restating the quote is a way to lure readers back to the focus of the essay.

Interpret the quote, which should coincide with the rest of your paper and be a prevalent theme throughout. If you already interpreted the quote in the introduction or a body paragraph, reword your interpretation in your conclusion.

Remind the reader of your position towards the critical lens, clearly stating whether you agree or disagree and why.

Review how the two literary works you discussed approve or disprove the quote. Utilize literary terms or literary elements that capture the main idea to avoid being lengthy or repeating information.

Compose a final sentence that makes a grand statement about the main ideas of your essay or the quotation. This sentence should make a lasting impression with your reader and tie up any loose ends that remain in your paper.

Tip
  • Use proper grammar, spelling and punctuation throughout your critical lens essay. Minor but numerous errors in any of these areas will shift the reader's focus away from the content of your essay.
Warning
  • Avoid plagiarizing, which is using someone else's words and passing it off as your own. Common types of plagiarism include purposefully not attributing quotations or research and purchasing papers written by someone else. Submitting work that reflects either of these acts is seen as unethical. Plagiarism is a serious offense, and many teachers and school districts have strict policies outlining consequences for those found guilty.
About the Author

Ashley Brown began writing in 2005 for “The Albrightian,” the student newspaper of Albright College. The same year, she began working as a writing tutor and editor for the school's writing center. Brown holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Delaware.

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