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Compare and Contrast Essay

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Tim Koch

on 14 March 2016

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Transcript of Compare and Contrast Essay

What is a Compare and Contrast Essay?
Decide on two items you plan to discuss.

Make sure they have similar and dissimilar qualities.
Compared to
What is a C/C essay?
* A form of academic writing where you compare two, or more, items.
Two kinds
Focus on similarities
Focus on differences
Decide an organizational structure for your essay.
Write an introduction

Introduce the subject and make sure you catch the reader's interest. At its best it can be jaw-dropping! At its worst, really dull and tiring. For example: start with something surprising, a memorable quotation, an anecdote or something general that the reader can relate to.
A good way to finish your introduction is to come up with
a thesis statement

Thesis statement
= a short and concise statement which explains what you will focus on in this essay (and sometimes also a short motivation behind it).
Example 1
Thesis statement:

A holiday in the mountains would be different from a holiday at the beach because spending time in the mountains means different activities, another climate but also a more isolated location.
Example 2
Thesis statement:

This essay will argue that although the characters in the film keep their personal traits from the short story, the film version is told mostly through dialogue instead of narration, and it ends in a different way.
Write the main body paragraphs in accordance with the structure you have chosen.

Choose appropriate headlines which suits your structure and the plan you have for your essay.
Write a conclusion
Make sure to go back to your initial thesis statement and rephrase if necessary. Conclude the results of your comparisons and contrasts and summarize your findings in cohesive and clear way.
Lay you essay aside for a day or two and then do a thorough proofreading.
Steps for Writing a Compare and Contrast Essay
Alternative one
Topic 1
- cover only the first topic (e.g. the short story)
Main Body
Topic 2
- cover only the second topic (e.g. the film)
Topic 1 and 2 Together
- analyse the topics
Second alternative
Main Body
All Comparisons (Topics 1 & 2)
All Contrasts (Topics 1 & 2)
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