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09/04/2019

How do I write a comparative essay?

QUESTION
How do I write a comparative essay?
For an in class essay/test tomorrow for English class, I have to write a comparative essay about a similar theme found in two stories. I am trying to take extra notes and write a thesis, but the problem is that I cannot write a thesis. I have the ideas in my head, but I don’t know how to get it to come together. I found one a common theme. The task is to trace a common theme. I’m worried I may be too vague and not specific. How exactly do I write a thesis for this type of essay and how do I write the intro paragraph? In fact, how do I even write a comparative essay?

ANSWER
The trick to a comparative essay is to constantly be going back and forth between the two texts. That means don’t just write one paragraph on one, then one on the other and make tenuous parallels. Have one decent paragraph, interwoven with both. Then move onto another paragraph.

The structure of each paragraph will basically be like this:
– State the theme they both share
– State how they deal with it similarly
– Support with a quote and/ or technique from both stories.
– State a difference in how they deal with it
– Support with a quote and/ or technique from both stories.
– Write a brief summative sentence

Then move onto the next paragraph 🙂

As for the introduction:
– Introduce both texts
– List the themes/ ideas/ main points you will be discussing
– Write a general statement about the significance of these ideas

Good luck!