I am finishing my essay on Jane Eyre and in it I talked about how love, hate, and betrayal were shown. I don't know how to finish my essay. Do I summarize the points I've made? Do I have to make any new points? And just in general how do you compose a conclusion?
The conclusion is when you want to restate your thesis from your introductory paragraph. No need to panic. It will only lead to a bad case of writer's block. Jane Eyre is definitely been a long time favorite of mine, ever since I first had to read it in high school. Love, hate, and betrayal are definitely strong themes. Take a deep breath, and basically just give a good recap in your conclusion. Perhaps think about a closing statement that pertains to those three themes overall, but be sure to avoid writing in the first person. A suggestion might be something that involves how all three themes tie together in reference to the essay prompt. I'm sure you will do fine if you just have confidence in your ideas. The conclusion is one of the most difficult paragraphs to compose. My students tended to need more help with that part of the writing process.
I would suggest that the best way to deal with your panic is to go over what you have already written. Read it line by line and make sure you have got all the spelling, punctuation, and capitalization correct. After you have read what you have written, your conclusion should synthesize what you think you have said. I don't believe this is the time to be making any new points. I sounds as if you have enough points already. You should pay particular attention to what you have said in your introduction, because the conclusion should be closely related to the introduction. I don't think you should summarize your points. That seems like mere repetition. Better, I think, to remind your reader of your thesis, which would be stated in your introduction. You might say in your conclusion that Jane Eyre is an important classic because of the points you have made about the novel in the body of your essay. Try putting the conclusion out of your mind for a while and just going over your essay sentence by sentence to refresh your memory about what you have said and to make sure it is letter-perfect. Did you like the book? Why?