How to sum up a Persuasive Essay

Persuasive essays have the added expectation of being able to create a belief in the reader that was not there prior to the reading of the piece. This can be a lot to live up to especially for writers who are new to field and not sure of their ability to write or more importantly to convince or persuade. One of the more difficult issues to overcome is a tendency to ramble on particularly when there are many points that may be included in the essay. Here are some tips to help you sum up your persuasive essay.

  1. Reduce your argument
  2. Look at your essay with as unbiased eye as you can muster an then ask yourself the question: “What am I really saying here?” This is something you should do critically to every argument included within your work because it will force you to see them as a stranger might. If you see a lack of focus or the inclusion of sub-points that veer off course and will take the reader along with them, it may be time to start cutting some things out.

  3. Replace illogical points
  4. Even worse than unintentional sub points are points that you put in on purpose only to re-read later and see make no sense at all. This can happen because you wrote them down while you were tired or maybe they just sounded better when someone else explained them to your and your interpretation is not quite accurate. Whatever the reason, this needs to be addressed forthwith. If you can find the original argument to reference, do so. Perhaps a second reading of it will help you to successfully put it into your own words without removing any of the salient points that make it true and convincing.

  5. Scout for contradictions
  6. It is fairly simple to overlook the fact that two of your points cannot exist in the same essay without weakening each other significantly. When you do come across such contradictions, the weaker of the two arguments will have to be eliminated for the greater good of the rest of the essay. It will be stronger and far more persuasive as a result than if you tried to find a way to make both arguments less combative with each other.

Follow these instructions to the best of your ability and from your work a good persuasive essay is likely to emerge.

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