A comparison essay (or a essay) is a commonly used type of writing assignment in various classes of high school and college, from art to science. In a comparison essay you should critically analyze any two subjects, finding and pointing out their similarities and/or differences.
Depending on your assignment, such essays can be comparative only (looking only at similarities), contrasting only (pointing out the differences) or both comparative and contrasting.
Franz Kafka tries to answer these questions in his short essay ``On Parables,' with a resounding ``No!' In this Kafkan world, one filled with the daily struggles and cares of life, the only thing we can know is the incomprehensibility of it all.
This is a nonfiction autobiography about an experience in Elie's life, thereby making it a memoir.
Compare and Contrast: Night and The Book Thief
The setting for the book, The Book Thief, is Nazi Germany during World War Two.
Review the Essay Basics handout in the Resources folder. Avoid first (I, me, my, we) and second (you) person.
Your essay must be in MLA format. This includes a 12-point font, 1 inch margins (not 1.25”), a header with your last name and page number (Student 1, for example), appropriate in-text citations, and a Works Cited page. Be very careful to cite your sources appropriately. An essay with any plagiarism in it will receive no credit, as stated on our syllabus.
Read, revise, and edit your essay carefully. Refer to my comments on your other writing as a guide. Avoid having an essay full of distracting and easily corrected mistakes. These errors will impact your grade. If you have not reviewed the rubric, sample essays, and Essay Basics (in the Resources folder), do so before you submit your essay.
Submit your complete final draft to me via the Dropbox by Monday, October 21 for up to 100 points. You must submit your essay through the Dropbox to receive credit for it. Per our syllabus, late essays drop one letter grade. Late essays may only be submitted for one week past the due date. Also per our syllabus, an essay with any plagiarism will receive a zero.
The conclusion of a comparison essay is just as important as the introduction. The conclusion seals the comparison essay and tries to close the issue. Conclusion is the last part of the essay that your reader will experience.
The introduction of an essay is very important. It gives the reader his/her first impression of the comparison essay’s text. Remember: first impression counts!
Block pattern is also known as "subject-by-subject comparison". According to this pattern, you will be required to separate the body of your compare and contrast essay in two parts.
There are two recommended patterns for a comparison essay: point-by-point (or "alternating") pattern and subject-by-subject (or "block") pattern.
What does that mean specifically regarding the comparison essay? Very simple: the subjects must be easy comparable, so you don’t need to work too hard to point out their similarities or differences. For example:
Transitions are important in comparison / contrast writing to avoid confusion. Without transitions, the points you are comparing / contrasting may blur into one another. Also, a variety of transitions prevent monotony.