The EssayPop system prescribes an approach to conclusion writing that involves echoing the hook from the introduction, revisiting the thesis statement and providing some reflective thinking at the end. This series of posts focuses on the later. To see the whole chapter on conclusion writing check out this link.
Connecting to Something Larger
This technique allows the essayist to reach beyond the boundaries of the essay assignment and connect to some, perhaps, some more universal truths or themes. Such reflections can give the paper a weightiness and relevance that may not have existed before.
Type of essay: Expository / Argumentative
The prompt: People have a natural, almost primal fear of rattlesnakes. Often the first reaction to seeing a rattler in a residential area is panic and fear. In areas such as such as suburban Southern California, is it possible for rattlesnakes and humans to coexist with one another?
Ultimately, as we listen to that wicked rattle, or stare into the prehistoric, pinprick eyes, or watch, terrified, as it curves hideously towards us, we must decide if these primitive fears are enough to justify the removal of this misunderstood creature. Do our phobias merit the removal or extinction of this creature? The fact is, humans and rattlesnakes can and should live in proximity to each other. As we’ve learned, rattlers are beneficial to our environment and help keep our ecosystem in balance. And those advocating for the extermination of rattlesnakes should take a cue from the more evolved preservation societies that understand the snake’s value and seek to protect it. If folks just take a few simple precautions, they can easily enjoy the uniqueness of these snakes while simultaneously staying out of harm’s way. There is room in this world for all species, whether they be human or grizzly bear, or gorilla or venomous snake. It seems that sometimes humans possess a certain arrogance when it comes to who or what has a right to live here or there. All living creatures have a right to seek life. This not a human right; it is a universal right. And it is a right that even rattlesnakes share. It is up to us to appreciate their value, respect their space, take the proper precautions and live and let live. To act otherwise, would place us in the company of the heartless, the callous and the unevolved.
Why this reflection works
In this essay on why humans should choose to coexist with rattlesnakes, the writer compares the “rights” of rattlesnakes with human rights, and even suggests that there is a set of universal rights should be enjoyed by all living creatures. Connecting the treatment of rattlesnakes to the treatment of all living things gives the essay an air of importance. You could say that an appeal to the reader’s morality is also being employed here, but the primary approach is that connection to something bigger than the original topic being discussed.