Marshall Essay

2777 Words Mar 8th, 2016 12 Pages
Comparing and Contrasting
Sample Essay: http://www.sadlier-oxford.com/grammar/writerworkshops/GFW8_WM_compare.pdf

WHAT THIS HANDOUT IS ABOUT
This handout will help you first to determine whether a particular assignment is asking for comparison/contrast and then to generate a list of similarities and differences, decide which similarities and differences to focus on, and organize your paper so that it will be clear and effective. It will also explain how you can (and why you should) develop a thesis that goes beyond “Thing A and Thing B are similar in many ways but different in others.”
INTRODUCTION
In your career as a student, you’ll encounter many different kinds of writing assignments, each with its own requirements. One of the
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And in some cases, comparison/contrast is only part of the essay—you begin by comparing and/or contrasting two or more things and then use what you’ve learned to construct an argument or evaluation. Consider these examples, noticing the language that is used to ask for the comparison/contrast and whether the comparison/contrast is only one part of a larger assignment: * Choose a particular idea or theme, such as romantic love, death, or nature, and consider how it is treated in two Romantic poems. * How do the different authors we have studied so far define and describe oppression? * Compare Frye’s and Bartky’s accounts of oppression. What does each imply about women’s collusion in their own oppression? Which is more accurate? * In the texts we’ve studied, soldiers who served in different wars offer differing accounts of their experiences and feelings both during and after the fighting. What commonalities are there in these accounts? What factors do you think are responsible for their differences?
You may want to check out our handout on Understanding Assignmentsfor additional tips.
USING COMPARISON/CONTRAST FOR ALL KINDS OF WRITING PROJECTS
Sometimes you may want to use comparison/contrast techniques in your own pre-writing work to get ideas that you can later use for an argument, even if comparison/contrast isn’t an official requirement for the paper you’re

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