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Compare and Contrast Essay

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Compare and Contrast Essay

Venn Diagram (click to enlarge)

Grace Fleming

Before you begin to draft a compare and contrast essay, you should brainstorm by creating a Venn diagram or a chart to list pro’s and cons of each subject you’re exploring.

The first paragraph of your compare and contrast essay (the introductory paragraph) should contain references to both subjects you’re comparing. This paragraph should end with a thesis sentence that sums up your overall purpose or results, like this:

"While city life brings many social opportunities, country life can provide the best of both worlds."

Comparison essays can be constructed in two ways. You can focus on one topic at a time, describing the pro’s and cons of one topic first and then moving on to the next topic.

  • Cities have lots of great restaurants.
  • City life offers culturally diverse populations.
  • Cities contain theaters, sporting events, and other activities.
  • Country life brings fresh produce within easy reach.
  • Country life is quiet living with the opportunity to travel into cities for cultural exposure.
  • Entertainment opportunities exist in the country, as well.
  • Summary paragraph

You could instead alternate your focus, covering one after the other in a back-and-forth pattern.

  • Cities have lots of great restaurants.
  • On the other hand, country life brings fresh produce within easy reach.
  • Cities contain theaters, sporting events, and other activities.
  • But entertainment opportunities exist in the country, as well.
  • City life offers culturally diverse populations.
  • However, country life is quiet living with the opportunity to travel into cities for cultural exposure.

Make sure that each paragraph contains a smooth transition statement, and end your essay with a sound conclusion.

Country Life or City Life?

CityCountry
Entertainmenttheaters, clubsfestivals, bonfires, etc.
Culturemuseumshistoric places
Foodrestaurantsproduce
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