I agree with Proctor's decision, but am unsure how to close my essay.  Advice?Ah. Sorry about the sloppiness aof the question. I had to characters left since they were a limited amount. I just...

I agree with Proctor's decision, but am unsure how to close my essay.  Advice?

Ah. Sorry about the sloppiness aof the question. I had to characters left since they were a limited amount. I just need help with a closing paragraph in my essay about agreeing w/ John Proctor's decision to not confess. It's due tomorrow, so I really need help. I'm pretty stuck. ://

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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First, reword your thesis statement. You agree that Proctor should tear up his confession and hang because his name is all he has to pass down to his children, so you could open with a statement regarding the fact that Proctor chooses to hang rather than to leave a legacy of shame to his children. Now sum up the most important reasons you used in your body paragraphs as to why Proctor made the right decision. Reread those body paragraphs and find a way to sum up each body paragraph in one sentence.

Most teachers require only three or four sentences for a conclusion, and this is why they should be strong sentences.

Good luck!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Nicole, your final paragraph is going to depend largely on what your main points are and whether you have agreed or disagreed with John's decision.  If you agree, you should focus on his reputation of a man of honor and of his word.  He chose not to confess because that would negate all he ever stood for--the truth and logic of any matter.  By confessing, he LIES.  John Proctor doesn't do this.  Confessing would save his life, however, he would have to live with the fact that he lied to stay alive.  This, in essence, would make his entire life worthless.

On the other hand, if you disagree with his decision, you could focus on the fact that life is precious.  Without it, he can never clear his name and the accusations of a few silly girls who want to do away with the wives of good men so they can move in and perform wifely duties.  By staying alive, he saves Goody Proctor, his wife, from a life without him.  Furthermore, once everyone learns of the wickedness of Abigail and the other girls, people would eventually forget what he did in order to save his own neck.

Whatever you've argued, you should restate your main points without being repetitive.  The conclusion is important as it is the last thing your audience will read, and therefore must include what you most want them to remember.

Good Luck!

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