How can I write a well-defined conclusion for my essay about the influence of New Historicism in "The Necklace?"And this is my conclusion, teacher said I need to reread and revise it. In...

How can I write a well-defined conclusion for my essay about the influence of New Historicism in "The Necklace?"

And this is my conclusion, teacher said I need to reread and revise it.

In conclusion, New Historicism assesses the construction of Guy de Maupassant through the short story, "The Necklace" [awk] . It ALSO stresses its role in the historical and social context.  The author provides us with the struggle of the lower class and poor economic condition.

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The most important thing to remember about your conclusion is that it should mirror your introduction by focusing on your thesis.  A conclusion can also include a little extra flair, including a summary of your basic argument.

It is a good idea to first return to your thesis when writing your conclusion.  Here is your sample thesis statement.

From New Historicism’s standpoint, “The Necklace” is a product of a society obsessed with wealth and status, where the struggle of the lower classes to overcome economic hardships is represented by Mathilde’s obsession with material wealth.

The main points in this thesis are your argument.  Basically, you are saying that New Historicism suggests that the story “The Necklace” is influenced by the materialistic culture of France at the time. In your conclusion, you should focus on how you developed these points.  You need examples from the text of the influence of society on the characters, especially the social-climbing Mathilde.

In the body of your essay, build your argument and then support it with evidence.  Here is some evidence of Mathilde’s ambition.

Mathilde suffered ceaselessly, feeling herself born to enjoy all delicacies and all luxuries. She was distressed at the poverty of her dwelling, at the bareness of the walls, at the shabby chairs, the ugliness of the curtains. (enotes etext p. 1)

It seems like Mathilde is comparing herself to people with more money.  You need to stress how this relates to your thesis in a body paragraph of your essay.  In your conclusion, after restating your essay (and possibly changing the wording around), you would summarize your points.  You can refer back to this argument as follows:

Mathilde is not pleased with her status.  She compares herself to the better off Madame Forestier, whom she sees as her superior only because she has more money and therefore better possessions.

Of course the irony is that the necklace is fake.  You would explore that in a further paragraph, and add that to your conclusion.

A well-written conclusion is concise, like an introduction, but also reminds your reader where you have been in your essay.  Restate your thesis and review your points and you’ll be fine!

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