You might compare and contrast two different kinds of pets, or two novels from the same historical time period.Maybe you’re thinking that writing an essay about just one subject is hard enough!
Where do you even begin with a coherent essay about two topics? Here is a step-by-step guide to writing a great compare and contrast essay.
Remember that your two subjects must be different, but still in the same ballpark, to create a meaningful compare-and-contrast essay.
Craft an outline that fits the structure you have chosen.
Traditionally, an essay consists of an introductory paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
Remember to keep characteristics of the different subjects somewhat parallel.
This will make it easier to structure a good argument.
All you have to do is glance at your Venn diagram to get a sense of the things that you could write about.
If you prefer to focus on one subject at a time, jot your lists down on a blank sheet of paper and flip it over to the other side for the other subject.
If you are comparing and contrasting cats and dogs, use personal anecdotes about friends and their pets to bolster your arguments.
(“My roommate’s dog always greets him when he comes home each day, but my cat never does.”) If you are writing about similarities and differences between the poetry of Shakespeare and Keats, include plenty of quotes from their poems to support your statements.