What is a Clincher in an Essay?

An effective clincher is an essential end to any essay.
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In any essay, it is essential to both begin and end on a strong note so your audience understands the importance of your topic. A clincher in an essay is the literary or narrational device you use to cement your readers’ attention at the end of your essay and keep them hooked even after they're done reading; it is nearly always included in the conclusion.

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There are many ways to create a solid clincher. If you are writing an argumentative essay, you can call for your readers to take certain actions to bring about change or recommend a solution; if your focus is a research paper, you can state the need for more research, recommend specific well-done research or identify that the current research is flawed or inconclusive. To clinch an explanatory or expository essay, consider pointing out the importance of the topic you discuss.

Based in the Pacific Northwest, Arin Bodden started writing professionally in 2003. Her writing has been featured in "Northwest Boulevard" and "Mermaids." She received the Huston Medal in English in 2005. Bodden has a Master of Arts in English from Eastern Washington University. She currently teaches English composition and technical writing at the university level.