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The Basics Of Compare And Contrast Essay Writing For Beginners

So, you have been assigned a compare and contrast essay to write and you want to know what it is and how it is done? Well, we are here to help and we have a nice little guide here to help you on your way.

What is a Compare and Contrast Essay?

It does exactly what it says on the tin. It compares and contrasts. Here is the nitty gritty.

This type of essay takes two objects that are not dissimilar and talks about their similarities and differences. It does not have to be two objects, it can be any two things, persons, situations or anything else that are similar enough but also have differences. Two subjects that are completely different so that they do not have any similarities at all cannot be utilized for this kind of essay.

To give you a better idea, think of it like this.

Apples and oranges are both fruits. They both grow on trees. They are both round (or roundish). They have similarities.

They also have differences. One has a sweet flavor while the other is citrus flavored. So, these fruits are good subjects for this type of essay.

However, if you start comparing an orange with a rock, you are not going to get very far.

Compare and Contrast essays follow a structure

Like most successful essays, this type of essay is best when written with the traditional format of an Introduction, a Main Body and a Conclusion.

The Introduction is the part which sets a pattern for the rest of the essay. This is where the author states his thesis statement and introduces his subjects. This is where he establishes why it is so important to see the differences and similarities between his two subjects and why the reader should even read any further.

The Main Body of the essay is where the main argument takes place. The author describes the meaningful similarities between the subjects one by one, in order of importance. This is followed by the differences. A paragraph each is usually reserved for each similarity and each difference so as to facilitate ease of reading for the reader and not to confuse the issue.

In view of the arguments delivered in the Main Body, the author then delivers his final concluding thoughts in the Conclusion of the essay.


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