comparison or contrast essay 1

comparison or contrast essay 1.

The final essay assignment requires you to make a choice: do you want to compare two subjects (show how they are similar) or contrast them (show how they are different)?

As you read in the module, it is important to remember that for a basic comparison/contrast assignment, although you will consider both the similarities and differences among subjects as you gather your ideas, your essay itself will discuss either the subjects’ similarities or their differences, not both. You can write about any two subjects you want; just make sure you make an overall point about them. Your essay should ultimately evaluate how the subjects are alike or different, offering some kind of surprising insight about them or helping readers make a choice between the two. Whatever the case, just make sure that your essay makes an intriguing point; don’t just compare two things that are obviously similar or contrast two items that are obviously completely different.

Some possible subjects to consider are:

  • Two kinds of art or artists
  • Two products or services
  • Two movies you’ve seen
  • Two traveling experiences you’ve had
  • A book and its cinematic adaptation
  • An original song and a “cover” version of it
  • Two restaurants
  • Two fictional characters or real-life celebrities
  • Two sports teams or athletes

Read the assignment, Writing a Comparison or Contrast Essay, carefully.

Complete the following steps:

  1. Pre-Writing (Questioning, Freewriting, and Mapping)
  2. Focusing, Outlining, and Drafting
  3. Revising, Editing, and Proofreading
  4. Evaluation

comparison or contrast essay 1