Compare & Contrast: Finding the foils



In our modern world, we frequently compare and contrast several things, facts, theories, events, or personalities. We have been comparing different economical, social, and political systems for ages. How do we develop this process? How is this technique achieved and perfected? It can be achieved by comparison/contrast technique. One should show similarities in comparing several things, and one should point out the differences when contrasting.


The first step in the writing of a comparison/contrast essay is the choosing of a particular topic. However, do not try to choose incomparable things- the taste of lemon and the color of the wall, or the toughness of the ball. One should choose some events, figures, and things that have many similarities. Once, you have chosen the subject of comparison you can start working on your compare/contrast essay. Second, you should enlist all things that you know about these subjects. After, you have completed this process try to identify differences and similarities. Third, try to develop the main point of your argument.


Questions like: “What have you have learned about these animals? How does the cat differ from the dog?” may help you develop your argument further. It may look like the following: Despite the fact that the cat and the dog are husbandry animals, they have some similarities and some distinctions as well. Many students do not understand why this type of essay is so frequently assigned to them. The answer lies in the fact that your tutor would like to teach you to develop your analytical and argumentative skills. That is why the compare/contrast essay is one of the most popular essays assigned at colleges and universities.



This type of essay is assigned to test your abilities to express yourself in clear, lucid, and coherent language. Regardless of the topic of your essay, you should demonstrate to the reader your ability to write on familiar and unfamiliar topics alike. Apart from this, you should clearly and unequivocally express your point of view on the subject you research as well as provide some proposals on the possibilities to resolve some controversial issues of the subject. You might also, answer such questions as advantages and disadvantages of the situation you research, as well as, describe the problem you research, why it is important to resolve it, and what effective steps should be taken to eliminate it. You certainly, may use some compare/contrast techniques in order to show differences and similarities between some points of the events, things, and personalities you research. Remember, however, that it is vital almost indispensable for this type of assignment to connect your paragraphs with logical and convincing sentences; also do not provide any facts unless they are backed up by some evidence. And whatever topic you are assigned with, whatever subject should be written do not forget to check out your essay on grammar and spelling mistakes.



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