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Homework Help Compare Contrast Essay

A "compare and contrast" directive asks that both similarities and differences be pointed out about a certain element in literature or whatever subject is under question. When writing about literature there are two methods of comparing and contrasting: the Block Method and the Point-by-Point Method.

In the Block Method, the writer takes one work that is being compared to another separately, rather than discussing similarities and differences simultaneously. In other words, one part of the paper is about one work; the other part is on the second work. Here is an example:

Subject 1: Poem A

  • Element 1: theme
  • Element 2: tone
  • Element 3: figures of speech 

Subject 2: Poem B

  • Element 1: theme
  • Element 2: tone
  • Element 3: figures of speech

The other method, the Point-by-Point Method involves making comparisons or contrasts simultaneously. This method demonstrates well analytical skills and is usually preferred by instructors, especially college professors. Here is an example:

  • Element 1:  theme
    Subject 1: Poem A
    Subject 2: Poem B
  • Element 2: tone
    Subject 1: Poem A
    Subject 2: Poem B
  • Element 3: figures of speech
    Subject 1: Poem A
    Subject 2: Poem B

In this Point-by-Point, comparisons are, then, made directly after an element is introduced. For instance, 

While both poems by Emily Dickinson are concerned with the theme of death, this theme is handled differently in "Because I Could not Stop for Death" than it is in "My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close." In the latter poem, there is pain and suffering whereas in the first poem, Death comes as a kindly gentleman to escort her. In lines ---, Dickinson writes,

------------------------- [lines from the poem support the point]
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On the other hand, in "My Life Closed Twice," Dickinson writes,

--------------------------- [citation of poem]
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The use of transitional words in making comparisons and contrasts are also important as they establish the relationship of the elements being discussed. Here is a list of words that are appropriate as transitions for comparison/contrast essays:

To make a contrast: and yet, but, however, instead, nevertheless, nonetheless, on the contrary, on the other hand, still

To show similarities: similarly, likewise, also, too, in addition, in the same manner, both...and, just as....so does...,furthermore, in the same way, not only....but also

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