This method is probably the one most students try first, but many evolve past it into something more flexible.
A quick outline that treats first corsets and then footbinding shows one way that such a paper might be structured.
Many teachers assign topics that ask writers to write an essay comparing and contrasting two or more ideas, but besides its value in organizing an essay, comparison/contrast is also useful as a technique Analogical and metaphorical language: like and as Using lists in your writing: parallelism An Overview of the Writing Process Developing an Introduction Conclusions Essay Organization: The Flow Chart Approach Paragraph Development When Do I Begin a New Paragraph Cohesion Brainstorming Focused Freewriting Invention Questions for Argument and Persuasion Invention Questions for Writing about Cause and Effect Invention Questions for Comparing and Contrasting The various rhetorical modes and types of writing This handout was written by Sharon Cogdill for the Write Place, St. Cloud, MN, and may be copied for educational purposes only.
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This structure focuses on the comparison and contrast instead of on the two ideas (e.g., corsetry and footbinding) being compared and contrasted. If you begin with the comparison, then the contrast will get emphasis - the logical movement is from thinking about similarities to thinking about differences.
If you begin by contrasting the ideas (and then move toward a comparison), the similarities get emphasis. Writers might compare and contrast ideas by treating one idea thoroughly before taking up the second one.For example: A big college campus and a small college campus World War I and World War IITwo perspectives on the same place: morning and night William Shakespeare with William Wordsworth Windows vs.Linux Using the following links, you can find a lot of good comparison topics for your essay:100 Compare and Contrast Essay Topics50 Compare and Contrast Topics List of Compare and Contrast Essay Topics Considering the right structure for your essay is one of the key points of success.For example, with apples and oranges, start out by saying, "Apples and oranges have many differences." Before creating the body paragraphs, name a few trivial differences that are different from the main ones on which you plan to focus.A comparison essay (or a Compare and Contrast essay) is a commonly used type of writing assignment in various classes of high school and college, from art to science.Sticking to a recommended essay structure is the only way to properly outline and write it, paragraph by paragraph from the introduction to conclusion, without mistakes.There are two recommended patterns for a comparison essay: point-by-point (or "alternating") pattern and subject-by-subject (or "block") pattern.In a comparison essay you should critically analyze any two subjects, finding and pointing out their similarities and/or differences.Depending on your assignment, such essays can be comparative only (looking only at similarities), contrasting only (pointing out the differences) or both comparative and contrasting.You can, and probably do, use comparison and contrast to describe things, to define things, to analyze things, to make an argument -- to do, in fact, almost any kind of writing.When they are comparing and contrasting, for example, two ideas, like corsets and footbinding, most writers structure their essays one of four ways. Writers using a comparison/contrast structure might begin by discussing the ways in which corsets are similar to footbinding, then they move to a description of the ways in which the two ideas are different.