Conclusions are to an essay, what first impressions are to humans. That is, a conclusion is what the readers will most definitely remember. It is therefore an absolute imperative that this section satisfactorily pulls the essay together by reflecting on the body and reiterating the thesis.

Below is a list of functions usually served by conclusions:

- Echoing the introduction

- Challenging the reader (mostly used in persuasive pieces)

- Posing questions

Below is an example of a Conclusion.

Whilst we may appear to be living in a time of increased family instability, research has shown that instability has been the norm rather than the exception. What has changed is the disruptive influence; it is now predominately as a result of divorce.

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