Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.
- Do they use key words from the title or question?
- Do they answer the question directly?
- Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
Discuss the role of the narrator in Die Verwandlung.
"In conclusion, the narrative in Die Verwandtlung has a disjointed style, swapping between the two styles of normal narrative focalised through Gregor and the narrative that describes Gregor's thoughts to the reader. This style creates unease throughout the story that is reflected by the questions posed by the story, over Gregor's humanity, and the juxtaposing of the real family and surreal transformation in the story. The gap of information given by the two styles of narrative give opportunity for humour, but the humour is also ambivalent, like the narrative, one does not know if it truly is humour this increases the reader's unease. The narrative also tracks the passage of time and makes the reader feel that Gregor was still human to the last. All of these aspects of the narrative combine to give the feeling that the reader cannot be sure of any moral stand-point in the story and is not able to come to complete conclusions - this means the reader is left with questions rather than answers and must therefore involve themselves in the story more."
In a continuous essay of not more that 1000 words, analyse this passage, discussing ways in which the narrative voice and dialogue are used.
"What then follows is a narration of the character of Lydia Bennet. This character discourse includes both direct and indirect speech, and a lengthy narrative. The character is revealed to us mainly by the art of telling. This may be slightly patronizing as the reader is not allowed to make up his/her own mind in conclusion of the character, but the technique is beneficial in respect of brevity and clarity. From the narration, I surmise Lydia to be very outspoken and head strong. From the indirect speech that follows, when Lydia "orders" Mr Bingley to present a Ball at Netherfield, my interpretation of Lydia's characterization is reinforced. Through Lydia's dialogue regarding the second ball "I shall tell Colonel Forster it will be quite a shame if he does not". Again, my opinions are reinforced. The showing of the character has allowed me to reiterate that Lydia is thoroughly selfish and she uses people so that she may get what she wishes. She shows no gratitude toward Mr Bingley for his acquiesce to hold the ball.
Thus, this passage displays many of the narrative techniques which Austen uses in the novel as a whole, and reveals her level of skill in being able to express her ideas through the narrative while still remaining entertaining and readable.
Discuss the use and importance of symbolism in Bram Stokers Dracula.
"The importance of ones' religion and beliefs is shown in Dracula throughout the novel. In conclusion it can be said that Bram Stoker has used symbolism throughout the story, as it is one of the main features of horror stories. It is important for one to understand these symbols and the importance of the issues they portray. The symbolism of blood and religion is used wisely in Dracula and keeps the readers' attention and makes one think of the different meanings these symbols can have."