How to Begin and End Your Essay

The beginning and end of an essay are often its two most important parts. If your introduction fails, there’s a good chance the reader leaves (either physically or intellectually) before giving your work a fair chance. If your ending fails, you leave the connection with your reader on a sour note.

First and last impressions always matter, especially in any form of content an audience consumes. It’s true whether that content comes in the form of songs, movies or written materials. Yes, your essay falls under the same guidelines too, so if you want to make a good impression on your readers, it’s always in your best interest to work towards opening and closing strongly, apart from polishing your work with an effective writing software.


In a typical five-sentence introduction paragraph, you can use the following format as a base guideline:

  • First two sentences: introduce the reader to the general topic (set the general context for the piece).
  • Next two sentences: narrow the topic to the constraints of your essay.
  • Last sentence: give your thesis statement.
  • Conclusions

You want a conclusion that nicely wraps up the piece and shuts it close with a pretty bow on top. The most important thing here is to state the general inferences you have deduced based on the evidence and reasoning you presented, making sure any statement you throw in ties directly with the thesis statement you proposed during the introductions. What about the bow on top? Well, if you can close with a powerful line (such as a memorable quote from the piece), then go with that.

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