How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay

How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay

The word combination `Comparative Analysis` can give students some chilling vibes because of sophisticated combination of words. Actually, there`s nothing to be afraid of because all you need to do to fulfil this assignment is to take two contrast things and compare them. You have probably done it a lot of times in conversations with your peers comparing things like Microsoft and Apple.

The only difference now is that you have to do it as a part of your academic process and maybe with a more problematic topic.These essays are a popular assignment for college students as they help to develop argumentation skills and to teach how to express thoughts clearly. Some good examples of topics for the Compare and Contrast Essay are:

  • Creationism vs. Science
  • Adolf Hitler vs. Joseph Stalin
  • 20th Century vs. 21st Century

Talking about the format of the compare and contrast essay, it should be mentioned that it is quite unique if we compare it to the typical format of classic essays. Its peculiarity lies in non-linearity. Most of the essays include the introduction, three body paragraphs, and conclusion. A compare and contrast essay can be written in 4 or 5 paragraphs depending on how the outline is formatted. However, there are more creative ways to craft this essay.

3 Body Paragraph Style

This style gives the reader of the essay a precise subject in every paragraph and offers a contrast or comparison of the subject between topics A + B. Noteworthy, make sure that you have at least one or two subjects to compare and contrast.

The greatest advice that can be given when working on this essay is to write introduction and conclusion at the end of the essay. In many cases, a thesis statement is given only after writing all the information in the body paragraphs. Because of this, the introduction is often written after the body paragraphs.

When the main body is finally finished, and it shines in all its glory filling your heart with joy, you can go to crafting the thesis statement. Make it like a red hot cherry on a yummy pie! Make sure to include the subject of comparison in the thesis. For instance, if you compare two TV shows and your three points of comparison are comedic ability, length, and critical reviews, then these three parameters should be a part of your thesis. That`s when we reach the conclusion. It`s pretty much identical to classical 5 paragraph essays. Here you have to make a restatement of your thesis, make a summary of your main points, and finish it with a convincing concluding statement.

Just a couple of useful tips before you finish reading and go to hang out with your friends:

  • Don`t use obvious comparisons. Nobody likes boring stuff.
  • The more offbeat your content for comparison is the better. Nobody likes boring stuff, remember?
  • Use comparative diction(moreover, however, similarly, rather, likewise, also, etc.)

Now go to your friends and tell them what compare and contrast essays are all about!

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