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09/07/2019

What’s a good intro to an essay comparing two short stories?

QUESTION
What’s a good intro to an essay comparing two short stories?
I have to write an essay comparing and contrasting “The Things They Carried” and “A Good Man is Hard To Find”. You’ve probably never heard of them, but maybe you can still help me. I’m stuck trying to think of an introduction. Thanks.

ANSWER
Not much of a surprise, but I’ve never heard of either of those stories. Still, suggestions are what you want, and that’s what you’ll get.

I suggest opening the essay with a paragraph (or two) stating something similar about the two stories; something that relates them in anyway.

Example, say I have to do an essay comparing Madeleine Le’ angle (sp?) to Diana Wynn Jones. In the beginning paragraph, I could describe their achievements as well known fantasy authors. I could be a little lyrical before moving onto the bread and butter of the overall essay.

Sorry if I’m being vague, but hopefully that makes sense…