A good compare-and-contrast essay goes beyond a simple listing of similarities and differences to make a meaningful statement about a larger topic.
When you look at the lists you’ve made, what strikes you as significant?
We often have difficulty reading our own work objectively and can miss silly mistakes.
Follow these steps, and you will be well on your way to writing a compare-and-contrast essay that cannot fail to impress your reading audience.
Simply put, it is an essay evaluating the similarities and differences between two subjects.
These subjects will be in the same category, but different.
Let’s say you are comparing and contrasting women and men.
You could write two paragraphs about qualities that are common to women (they tend to be more compassionate, they are good multitaskers) along with some that they share with men (they are capable of sacrificing self for the good of others.) Then you would focus on men in the next section.
For example, if you want to write about two different historical figures, it makes sense to choose two great artists rather than an artist and a politician.
Examples: Make two lists: one list of similarities, and another of differences.