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Copy of Comparison/Contrast Essays

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(a) Kenya
(b) Gambia
(c) Egypt
(d) Libya Comparison / Contrast Essays Essay: "Chicken Hips" by Catherine Pigott QUIZ: Did you read the essay? Question # 1: Where in Africa did she visit?
Question #2: What is the author's first name? (a) Catherine
(b) Emily
(c) !biliee
(d) Charlotte Question #3: Where were the tourists she saw from?
Definition of a Comparison / Contrast Essay A piece of writing where two subjects of the same general type have their similarities and differences highlighted. In the essay, Chicken Hips, the standard of beauty in two different societies are compared. Chicken Hips is separated into two parts. The first part is when she visits Gambia, and the second part is when she comes home (to Canada). The entire essay is in the form of an anecdote; the story of when she went to visit Gambia and found out that their standard of beuty is much different. Only the details regarding food and society's idea of beauty were included when comparing the two; the irrelevent information (not related to her thesis) was left out. Chicken Hips is written in first person. Pigott uses this to make the piece of writing more personal. Sensory Imagery

An example of sensory imagery in the essay is in paragraph 9:

"The women heaped rice into tin basins the size of laundry tubs, shaping it into mounds in their hands. Five of us sat around one basin, thrusting our fingers into the scalding food. These women ate with such relish, such joy. They pressed the rice into balls in their fists, squeezing until the bright-red palm oil ran down their forearms and dripped off their elbows." (a) America
(b) Canada
(c) Australia
(d) Europe Question #4: When she returned home, what kind of club did she join? a) Yoga
b) Dance
c) Exercise
d) Chess Question #5: What was she afraid people would say when she returned home? a) Congratulations! When’s the baby due?
b) She’s let herself go
c) Thunder thighs is back!
d) Wow! She’s really gained a lot of weight Point of View In comparison / contrast essays, the point of view can be first or third person. Organization of a Comparison/Contrast Essay Can be organized two different ways: It can be divided into 2 sections, or the two topics can be broken down into parts and each part is compared one after another. Writers of comparison/contrast essays often use sensory details to help readers feel as though they are experiencing what is happening by appealing to senses. Dialogue Quotations can be used to prove the authors point. In Chicken Hips, quotations are used to emphasize contrast:

In Gambia: "You're too thin," "Chicken Hips" and "Oh Catherine, your buttocks are getting nice now!"

In Canada: "Plaid makes you look fat," "Vertical stripes are more slimming," and "She'slet herself go." Purpose Comparison/Contrast essays are used to bring light to the differences and similarities between two subjects in order to make a point. In Chicken Hips, the authors purpose was to compare Gambia and North America's societal views on weight and beauty. Selection of Details In comparison/contrast essays, the author concentrates on only details related to thesis. Anecdotes Anecdotes can be used to emphasize differences Why Do Writers Use Comparison/Contrast? To make connections between subjects, to educate, and to entertain. Chicken Hips does all three, connecting the two societies to educate us about how differently societies view beauty, in an entertaining way. Is it a comparison/contrast essay? Are 2 or more subjects being compared?
Are the comparisons down back and forth or in halves?
Are there transition words?
The more of these that are true, the more likely it is a comparison/contrast essay. In Chicken Hips, two subjects are compared and the comparisons are done in halves. However, despite being comparison/contrast, transition words are not commonly used it the essay. This is an exception to that rule. CONCLUSION A comparison/contrast essay is a piece of writing that looks at the similarities and differences of two related ideas. For example, the conflicting views of two the societies compared in Chicken Hips. The point of view used is first or third person. The essay is either divided into halves or by comparing certain points back to back. Anecdotes are commonly used in comparison/contrast essays, much like Chicken Hips was an anecdote of her visit to Gambia and her return home.

The author uses sensory details, rhetorical devices, and dialogue in order to emphasize their purpose; which is usually to make a point by comparing two subjects. Writers use this type of essay to make connections, educate, and entertain - a great comparison/contrast essay does all three.

And finally, the question: After reading the pros and cons of these two standards of beauty, which do you think is the better lifestyle choice? P.S. You can't say a mixture of both! :) Rhetorical Devices Just like other essay types, Comparison/Contrast use rhetorical devices to help get their point across to the reader. For example, in Chicken Hips, the author uses the rhetorical device or alliteration: "long legged leanness", "battle the bulge", and "romanticize their rock-hard lives".

She also uses diction, choosing words like: "preached", "celebrate", "transformed", "liberating", and "freedom" when looking at the Gambian side of beauty, while on the other side, she uses words and phrases such as: "felt flawed", "hardly to be envied", and "reshape".
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