When else ought you introduce new material in a final paragraph?
Are there any other "times" for introducing new content into a final paragraph?
Have any other famous writers substantiate this bombshell? I was flabbergasted to read this para. because most of my teachers inculcated in me – never introduce material in the last para.! I'm just feeling unconfident.
Nevertheless, there may be times when it is appropriate to introduce ‘new’ points into a final paragraph. For example, you might make some suggestions for reform (if the question itself was not about reform measures) or provide practical arguments about the likelihood of the suggested action (for instance, the likelihood that political pressure would lead to a certain outcome). This approach would be similar to adding a bit of theory to the final paragraph of an essay answering a problem question: you are showing your knowledge of the related issues, though you are wise enough to remain focused on the main points. It is a fine distinction, but one that you can learn to recognise with practice. In the end, how you conclude your essay is a matter of discretion and an issue which only you can resolve.
Stacie Strong. BA English literature (UC Davis 1986), MPW (USC 1990), JD (Duke 1994), PhD Law (Cambridge 2002), DPhil (Oxford 2003). How to Write Law Essays & Exams 5th Edition (2018). p 121.