I am writing a paper about the character of Lady Macbeth in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. I have covered Lady Macbeth's pyhsical, mental and enviromental descriptions. How should I...

I am writing a paper about the character of Lady Macbeth in the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare. I have covered Lady Macbeth's pyhsical, mental and enviromental descriptions. How should I conclude the essay?

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It sounds as if your difficulty in writing a conclusion is that you have assembled evidence before developing a thesis. This causes problems in your conclusion because a random selection of descriptions don't actually point to a conclusion. Thus the main thing you need to do to conclude your paper is to think about your thesis and introduction. What is the central claim you are making about Lady Macbeth? For example, are you arguing that she is cruel and ambitious, as would be suggested by the passage:Glamis thou art, and Cawdor; and shalt be

What thou art promised. Yet do I fear thy nature;
It is too full o' the milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way: thou wouldst be great;
Art not without ambition; but without
The illness should attend it.
    Lady Macbeth, Scene V

If so, you might conclude by showing how all your descriptions support that point, and also answering the possible objections concerning her pity for Duncan and guilt. 

Difficulty in writing an introduction or conclusion is most commonly a sign that you don't really have a clear focus to a paper.  Once you know what your main point is, you can easily write a conclusion showing how your evidence supports your point, but if you don't have a point, there is nothing to conclude.

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