Writing Compare and/or Contrast essays sounds pretty easy right? At least, for me it does. Comparing/contrasting seems to be my default setting for essay writing. I feel like it is easier than being argumentative, but perhaps I just don’t like confrontation. Anyway, writing a good Compare/Contrast essay is more difficult than you would expect. In preparation for upcoming finals, you should check out this article. It gives clear tips on how to organize your outline, gives you prompts for inspiration, and examples on how to compose the rest of your next Compare and Contrast essay.
Personally, I think developing a good thesis is one of the hardest parts of writing. You need a statement general enough to be able dig up enough information about but specific enough to have narrowed examples. However, this article gives a clear explanation and advice on how to write a thesis for a Compare/Contrast essay. “It is important that you go beyond the obvious to compare and contrast; your essay should be enlightening and effective, not merely a summary or description of items”. Also, “remember that in a Compare/Contrast paper, you showing the major similarities and/or differences between subjects. Your thesis statement must clearly state whether you will be comparing, contrasting, or both.”
Another great tip from this article is in relation to knowing the ultimate goal of Compare/Contrast writing. “To examine two or more subjects and the similarities and/or differences between them. The task of this type of essay is to clarify something unknown by analyzing it next to something with which the reader is familiar.”
With the knowledge you gain from this article, you are sure to ace whatever Compare/Contrast essay exam question that comes your way.