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Writing an Essay that Compares and Contrasts Two Works Assignment : After reading Kidneys for Sale: A Reconsideration by Miriam Schulman (pg. 446-451) and Why legalizing Organ Sales Would Help to Save Lives, End Violence by Anthony Gregory (pg. 451-453), in a 4-6 page paper, compare the views of the two authors. Explain where you agree with them, where you disagree, or where you have real concerns about what the writers say. Purpose —Determine your purpose BEFORE you begin. (What’s the point?) *You will either want to inform your audience (people who will read your paper) about the two subjects in order to provide a better understanding of them… OR *You can persuade your audience that one of the two views is preferable to the other. Goal —Locate, organize, and synthesize information on both works of literature to support your thesis. You may want to mutually discuss two works equally, emphasize one work using the other to highlight specific details and techniques, show a preference for one piece over the other, or emphasize an idea or method that is particularly noteworthy in both. Thesis —The points are important, but you will have to go beyond them to draw a conclusion from your analysis=THESIS. The thesis is the idea that you are defending in your paper, and/or your thoughts on the two works. You must prove this with pieces of textual evidence taken from the works in question. In X work, the author uses examples to support her main idea. This is vividly show in the following passage: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX In contrast, the author of work Y uses abstract ideas to support his main idea. The following passage illustrates this reliance on abstractions: YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY Make sure that you have chosen an area of with common ground from each (idea with related idea, imagery with imagery, tone with tone, problem with problem and so forth). For an essay of this sort to work, you must find a common denominator in both works as a point of departure for the entire paper. You can compare two authors’ techniques, ideas, examples, incidents, arguments, theme or tone if needed. Some ideas on comparison and contrast in general: In comparison and contrast and analogy, you usually follow one of two basic organizational schemes: (1) you discuss each topic separately, covering all the pertinent features of the one and then the other or (2) you

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