How should one conclude an essay about Othello?

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The best way to conclude an essay about Othello or any topic is to recap the essay itself and emphasize the main point. A useful technique is to copy and paste the essay into a separate block of text and shorten it into a summary. There are many possible topics to write about with Othello. Use your topic to build the conclusion.

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The best way to conclude an essay about Othello or about any topic is to recap what you said throughout the essay itself and emphasize the point that you want your readers to take away from reading your work. A useful technique is to copy and paste the essay into a separate block of text and edit it to redact much of it and shorten it into a summary.

Generally, we are instructed to outline the structure of the essay before we actually delve into writing the details. This means determining what the thesis is and introducing it in your topic statement, supporting your thesis throughout the body of the essay and then finally summarizing in the conclusion. This approach can help organize and clarify the points you want to make.

With Othello specifically, there are many possible topics about which to write. One obvious one is the power of another to incite jealousy and ultimately violence or the potential for self-delusion inherent in everyone or how unfettered ambition can lead to horrible consequences. Whatever the topic of your essay about Othello was, write it down and build the conclusion around it. For example, you could write:

Thus, in concluding, Othello shows us that under the right circumstances, people can be easily manipulated. The play teaches us to question people’s motivations in many situations.

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The conclusion of the play itself is by far the best part. The whole story is about how irrational jealousy aroused by a devilish villain induces a man to kill the woman he loves more than all the rest of the world put together. He doesn't want to do it. This powerful man is fighting a battle with himself. He loves her, and yet he feels compelled to kill her because of the way Iago has managed to deceive him and distort his thinking. If you could manage to conclude your essay with references to the scene in which Desdemona pleads for her life and Othello finally kills her, it should make a very effective conclusion. It is this scene that makes the play memorable. Everything builds up to Desdemona's murder. It is one of the very best things Shakespeare ever wrote, and it is so moving largely because Othello is killing her against his will. There is some splendid language in this scene, and you might quote from it if you can find a means to tie this scene to whatever you have talked about in your essay. It seems to me that any conclusion of an essay about Othello should relate to the conclusion of the play itself.

Put out the light, and then put out the light.
If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
I can again thy former light restore,
Should I repent me; but once put out thy light,
Thou cunning'st pattern of excelling nature,
I know not where is that Promethean heat
That can thy light relume.When I have pluck'd the rose,
I cannot give it vital growth again,
It must needs wither;



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In order to fully answer this question regarding an essay specifically addressing Shakespeare's play Othello, I'd have to know more about the prompt of the essay and the thesis you make over the course of your paper. 

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When it comes to writing an essay, the conclusion paragraph's function is to summarize and definitively prove your argument. To explain how to conclude an essay, it's important to understand how to begin and conduct the rest of the essay as well. 

Introduction Paragraph: Your introduction should capture the audience's attention with some sort of statement, question, or quotation relating to the major ideas addressed in your essay. This will guide their frame of reference as you introduce the text itself, and then introduce the argument you plan on making about the text. Be sure that your thesis statement is argumentative so that you can spend the rest of the essay proving it, not just summarizing the text. 

Supporting Paragraphs: Each supporting paragraph should have its own distinct topic that serves to prove your overall argument. That means that each paragraph could, in theory, be its own tiny essay about its own tiny argument, but in reality, combining them proves the large argument that your thesis claims is true. 

Concluding Paragraph: When writing a concluding paragraph, it is best to follow this basic structure. 

  1. Restate your thesis. Do not repeat it, but rephrase it. Remind your reader what your initial claim was. 
  2. Summarize the arguments you proved in your different body paragraphs. Try to stick to something like chronological order, and be sure that you show how each body paragraph's argument related to the others. 
  3. End with a conclusive, resounding statement that leaves no doubt in your reader's mind that your claim is correct. This could be an idiom, a quotation, an observation, a rhetorical question, or any other statement that has the effect of rendering your argument final. 

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