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Compare & Contrast
Transcript of Compare & Contrast
Contrasting means to compare in such a way as to emphasize differences
EX: "The TV also brought into my life two appealing characters named Laurel and Hardy, whom I found clever and gentle, in contrast to the Three Stooges, who were blatant and violent."
wouldn't be used in a sentence, but if you were to take that word out of the above example, it would still have the same purpose and meaning.
Why does one compare and contrast?
Writers use compare and contrast to analyze information carefully, which often reveals insights into the nature of the information being analyzed.
Comparing and Contrasting is often required on examinations where you have to discuss the subtle differences or similarities in the method, style, or purpose of two texts.
How can compare and contrast be organized?
This form of analysis discusses all elements of one subject, then turns to another.
EX: There are two presidential candidates
and a full discussion of the first
candidate would occur then a full
discussion of the second candidate
Point by point:
This form of analysis is organized around the specific points of a discussion.
EX: There are two presidential candidates.
What would be discussed would
be more specific, like their educational
background, then their experience/
credibility, then the vision each has for
What does it mean to compare?
To compare, one has to examine and note the similarities of two persons, places, or things
When you compare, you find yourself using critical thinking in order to discover connections between texts or ideas often in search of deeper analysis
Comparison can be presented in the from of an analogy, figurative language, and visual representations such as t-charts and venn diagrams
"Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo." - Don Marquis
This analogy is comparing a "book of poetry" to a "rose petal falling down the Grand Canyon"
What similarities are there between these two?
Making a Venn diagram or a chart can help you quickly and efficiently compare and contrast two or more things or ideas. In writing the three sections could be separated into paragraphs or sentences.
COMPARE & CONTRAST
In the excerpt "The Happy Life" from the book
The Conquest of Happiness
(1930), British philosopher Bertrand Russell asserts that a happy life is "to an extraordinary extent the same as a good life".
Russell supports his assertion about the happy life by comparing the actions of a hedonist (pleasure-seeker) and the same acts of a moralist (promoter of morality), and by contrasting their motives for good deeds, as seen in the examples of saving the drowning child and in the definition of love.
He discusses the similarities and differences between moralists and hedonists, as well as their motives, in order to reveal that the key to a happy life is to become someone whose "personality is neither divided against itself nor pitted against the world," and to submerge oneself into an instinctive state of mind.
Russell zealously addresses both moralists and hedonists seeking a happy life because he defines happiness as the result of acting on impulse and encourages his readers to seek "true happiness".