7. Writing the conclusion

The conclusion of an analytical book review restates your stance in relation to the question, and summarizes the main points that you have made in the body paragraphs. It is often a good idea to finish the book review with a suggestion, prediction, or expression of hope for the future.

To conclude, Donald Shimoda in Richard Bach’s Illusions is an example of someone who goes to extremes to reject social norms and causes misfortune as a result. He often declines to be respectful and polite to those he interacts with. He also flaunts his abandonment of responsibility to contribute meaningfully to society. Lastly, he advocates a selfish approach to life in which the highest good is individual freedom and self-expression. Although some might interpret this philosophy as one of transcendence of social restrictions, it unfortunately leads to an ending full of confusion and misery. Most citizens are at a developmental stage where they need the guidance of ‘rules’ of behaviour to follow to interact in a civil and non-violent manner with each other. Following the example of Shimoda can lead instead to misunderstandings, conflict, and even physical violence. Although writers should address the theme of conformity versus self-expression, they would be wise to show their readers how to achieve a balance between the two in a more moderate way, as opposed to the extreme approach represented by Donald Shimoda.

Restatement of stance




Summary of main points in support of stance


Summary of alternative viewpoint





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