I have to write an essay on Jonas's changes throughout The Giver. Now I just can't come up with a closing. Any suggestions?The changes I chose to talk about are Jonas becoming knowledgeable,...

I have to write an essay on Jonas's changes throughout The Giver. Now I just can't come up with a closing. Any suggestions?

The changes I chose to talk about are Jonas becoming knowledgeable, selfless, and brave. All I need help with is summing it up for the closing.

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I think you are off to a very good start.  I also like the order you put your arguments in.  By arranging them chronologically, you can describe how Jonas changes as you proceed through the book.  I think you can take advantage of this arrangement in your closing.

First of all, you’ll actually want to look at your introduction to make sure you have a strong thesis statement (the statement where you state what you are going to prove in your essay).  A good essay is like a mirror: the introduction and conclusion should be mirror images of one another in some ways.  I am assuming your thesis relates to Jonas becoming more mature.  All of your points relate to maturity.  I think a good thesis statement would be something like this.

Throughout The Giver, Jonas matures as he gains knowledge, becomes selfless, and learns to be brave.

You can change the wording as you like, but you get the idea.  This should be in your introduction.  Then, in the conclusion you will mirror this statement.  You can use the same words, or slightly different words.  It’s up to you and you might also consider your teacher’s preference.  Then I would summarize these three points with a specific relationship to the theme of the book.  For example, a theme is coming of age.  You could describe how Jonas’s three new qualities make him a strong individual and help him grow up.

I like to end an essay with something I call a concluding thought.  Basically, you leave your reader with something to think about.  It should be related to the theme of your essay.  For example, you could include a statement about how we all grow up, and we have to make tough choices just as Jonas did.

 

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