How Do You Write a Conclusion to an Essay the Aim of which Is to Persuade the Readers?
I wrote an article earlier about beginning a persuasive essay. The title of which is "How to start writing a persuasive essay for the first time?” That article explains how to overcome all of the troubles that you may have when beginning a persuasive essay. Things such as…
- Picking a topic
- Organizing thoughts and ideas
- Persuading your audience.
These are all things that can be troublesome for beginning writers. However, after you get started writing your paper the troubles do not end. In fact, many people have much difficulty ending a persuasive essay in a manner that would cause the reader to take action. In this article I will address those issues and put your mind at ease.
There are several things that can cause problems for writers who desire to end their persuasive essay well. These include…
- How to persuade the audience
- How to avoid self-contradiction
- Fallacies and how they trip us up
- Closing strong without offending the audience
Throughout the course of this article I will address each of the above mentioned problems and assist you in closing your paper like a professional.
Persuading the audience is a task that can seem difficult but is really very simple once you understand the tools needed for the job. These tools are the argument modes as follows.
- Pathos (pertaining to the emotions of your audience)
- Ethos (references well known sources and people holding the same opinion to prove credibility)
- Logos (uses logic and comparisons as well as facts and statistics)
Each of these will create a solid argument. To do this, use the tools that best pertain to your audience.
Self-contradiction is another common problem that arises when writing a persuasive essay. This can be avoided by writing your papers viewpoint on an index card and placing it beside you. Every time that you make a point, look at the index card and verify that the point agrees with your main argument.
Fallacies are common in persuasive essays. The most effective way to avoid these fallacies is to know what they are. You will find the most common ones listed below.
- Faulty analogy
- Sweeping generalization
- Begging the question
- Slippery slope
- Non sequitar
- Red herring
These are all common fallacies that can occur when constructing a persuasive essay. Even with these many fallacies you should not fret. There are plenty of resources out there to explain each of these and more. By utilizing your resources you can easily avoid being invalidated by fallacies.
The final problem that many people have with persuasive essays is closing. The persuasive essay is like all other papers in the sense that you simply restate your topic, or augment in this case and state your strongest point for why your audience should side with you. Finally many people like to end with a quote pertaining to the topic to further inspire people to take action.