What is a comparison essay?
A comparison essay is an academic paper in which a student is asked to compare and contrast two or more things, phenomena, events, people, etc. In the broadest sense, a comparison essay is the chance to demonstrate one’s analytical thinking skills through discussing how some things are similar and/or different.
What do people compare in comparison essays?
Basically, you can compare anything with anything in your comparison essay. The selection of the comparison subjects depends on your teacher, your own preferences, and the availability of information on this or that topic. For example, you can focus your comparison essays on the analysis of the work of two governments in a country, or see how two James Cameron’s films were similar and/or different.
How is a comparison essay structured?
The structure of your comparison essay can be either a 5-paragraph or a free one. The 5-paragraph comparison essay should contain:
- 3 body paragraphs (similarities, differences, analysis);
The free structure for a comparison essay can have some variants. On the one hand, you can introduce the compared things, provide first their similarities, then discuss the differences, and conclude the paper. On the other hand, after the introduction you can discuss one thing in all