The author discusses how patterns of killing reveal information that can help mental- health professionals identify and treat potential killers before they commit crimes in the article.
she author emphasizes both the difficulty and the desirability of approaching homicide as a threat to public health that, like disease, can usually be treated with preventive care.
The exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin, Sufi writer Idries Shad, in a parable about fate, writes about the many culprits of murder in his book
"What is Fate?" Nasrudin was asked by a scholar.
"An endless succession of intertwined events, each influencing the other."
"That is hardly a answer that is satisfactory. I think in cause and effect."
"Very well," said the Mulla, "look at that." He pointed to a procession passing in the pub.
"That man has been taken to be hanged. Is that because someone gave him a silver piece and enabled him to buy the knife with which the murder was committed by him; or because someone saw him get it done; or because nobody stopped him?" 12
The writer thought we would conclude the article with this anecdote. She could have developed an interpretation, but this will have spoiled the dramatic value for your reader. The goal of using an anecdote is to create your point with subtlety, so resist the temptation to interpret. Keep in mind three guidelines when choosing an anecdote: it should be prepared for (the reader should have most of the information necessary to understand), it should provoke your reader's interest, also it really should not be so obscure as to be unintelligible.
A favorite concluding device is the quotation - the words of a famous person or an authority in the field by which you are writing The purpose of quoting another would be to link your strive to theirs, thereby gaining for the work authority and credibility. The criterion that is first selecting a quotation is its suitability to your thesis.