How to write a compare and contrast essay
You may compare a range of subjects, including but not limited to historical figures, research methods, political approaches, or even literary works.
Step 1: When to compare and contrast
You’ll be asked to write a compare and contrast essay both in high school and university. In your assignment instructions, you’ll be likely to have such essay topics:
Step 2: Learn how to effectively compare and contrast
ImportantHowever, suppose you contrast post Civil War American Society with pre-Revolution French Society. You'll not be able to base your contrasting on strong grounds as these two aren't quite the same.
Step 3: Find a good topic & find similarities and differences
Right off the bat, you need two different subjects for a compare and contrast essay. However, these two must eventually have similar grounds. We provided some examples below, let’s check them out.
Topic tipTopic If you want to write about two athletes, it would be better to choose two footballers or two basketball players. Choosing a footballer and tennis player would be a bad idea for comparison. They aren't likely to have common grounds after all.
Step 4: Prepare an outline and write a thesis statement
Writing the thesis statement
When you look at your list of differences and similarities, you need to choose the most striking difference as your thesis statement. This will intrigue the reader.
Preparing the outline
In any academic essay, preparing an outline is very important. You can make use of a traditional essay outline, as shown below.
There are different structures of writing a compare and contrast essay. For example, you may write a detailed paragraph for the first subject and switch to other one in the next.
Step 5: Add supporting evidence
Step 6: Proofread your essay carefully
Writing an essay is almost like telling a story. You either tell formally or informally. So, a story without good storytelling is boring. Transition phrases make your story progress smoothly.
Transition tipUse phrases like "Likewise, similarly, similar to" when comparing the subjects. Add "Nevertheless, whereas, on the other hand" when contrasting.
Frequently Asked Questions
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