It's probably enough that our essay on recycling will slow the growth of the landfill in Hartford's North Meadows.
We don't need to claim that recycling our soda bottles is going to save the world for our children's children.
The purpose of the conclusion, however, is not only to address the main points of the essay but to show how the main points all fit together.
This can be effectively achieved with a thoughtful combination of summary and commentary.
They have argued themselves into a position that they might not have thought of when they began their writing.
Writing, just as much as reading, is a process of self discovery.
While your final commentary should be directly related to the topic your paper addresses, you may connect it to broader ideas or aspects of everyday life that are beyond the scope of the essay itself.
If the topic is constantly evolving or likely to change in the future, point that out to your reader.
If it doesn't fit the structure or argument of the essay, we will leave it out altogether and let it have its own essay later on.
The last thing we want in our conclusion is an excuse for our readers' minds wandering off into some new field.