How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay?
The process of comparing and contrasting several objects is indispensable part of our daily routine. This is what a six-months-old baby does when considering a rattle toy to choose, this is what a school leaver does when choosing a college to apply to. But whether we choose a brand of orange juice in a supermarket or a type of holiday we want to take, the procedure is mainly the same:
- Identify the key features of each object.
- Consider them carefully.
- Analyze them comparing the objects.
- State the differences or the similarities.
- Make your choice.
Writing a compare and contrast essay is just the same, but with the additional emphasis on structure, which will help you express your ideas clearly and can be organized in two ways: you can either state the similarities first and then the differences, or you can use the criteria method, analyzing both options with the view of a certain factor, then proceed with the next one and so on.
So, there are two possible outlines for an award-winning essay:
- 1. Introduction (use a rhetorical question, a quote or some personal experience to catch the reader’s attention, state your topic and make up a thesis).
- Similarities (identify at least three points and illustrate them with examples).
- Differences (three more points followed by the analysis of the things contrasted).
2. Main body:
3. Conclusion (reformulate the key idea of your essay and clearly state your opinion).
Alternatively, you can use a different type of the main body structure:
- Key point 1 (compare and contrast the objects according to the factor mentioning both differences and similarities).
- Key point 2 (do the same for the next factor).
Consider the results you have got in both key ares and make a transition to the conclusion.