Dont try to sound like a sage.
Never begin or end an essay with a quotation, proverb, or other wise saying. Also dont try to be sophisticated by writing about the worlds greatest mysteries. Many students try to philosophize or use clichés to prove their point. This is a surefire path to disaster. No one wants to read about your position on the validity of totalitarianism or read sayings that are all too familiar.
Ending a question either works really well, or is a bomb. The effect you get will depend on the question you ask. You need to make sure the question is relative to the topic and reaches beyond the topic at the same time. For example, if writing about a dystopian novel, you could ask if the one in the book is realistic in any manner and if this type of society could exist within the next few years in America. This is a perfect example of how to end an essay with a question.
of How to End an Essay was reviewed by on June 18, 2015.
I am often asked by students: How do I know when an essay is finished? It is a difficult question to answer in the abstract, and my first impulse is to say that it depends on each piece. But I know I am dodging the problem by resorting to a case-by-case approach, because underneath their inquiry is a larger, legitimate concern: If, as I maintain, an essay is the track of one's thoughts, and is not dependent on any discernible deep structure such as the isosceles triangle epiphany in the modern short story, what's to say that it can't simply go on and on? Each thought leads to another, and then another, so how is one to know when the time has come to end an essay?