Compare-Contrast Tips

Compare-Contrast Tips - SOME TI PS FOR COMPARE a nd...

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SOME TIPS FOR COMPARE and CONTRAST 1. If you are writing a paper comparing and contracting characters, symbols, and/or writer’s styles, the most important is the contrast. Use the similarities as a catalyst to begin to highlight the differences, and then stick to discussing the differences. 2. Substantiate contrasts with examples from the texts. Be sure to show the differences, not just tell about them. In the example below, I argue that the Shelley and Hardy poems approach nature differently in at least four separate ways, and I use examples from each to demonstrate how different they are. 3. Do not overload your paper with lengthy quotations. This paper assignment is short, so you will need to be concise and selective in what you include. To compress quotations, see if you can quote only one word instead of an entire phrase, or a phrase rather than a sentence, or a line of poetry rather than a stanza. In other words, quote the essential parts and cut the rest. If you’re wondering how to do this, I have done my best to quote leanly in my examples, choosing only to make a list of words, or choosing the best examples. 4. Remember that if you are mentioning something that happens in a story, novel, or poem, even if you are not quoting it, you still need to cite it. See the 2 nd sentence of example #2 below to see what I mean. 5. Make sure your paper is divided up by your ideas, not by the texts. In other words, the structure of your paper should go by differences you see (subject matter, character attributes, diction, style, whatever), and then compare/contrast the texts in each of those contexts. Don’t try to say everything there is to say about each text one at a time and expect the reader to sort it out; this poor structure makes it possible to write in a way that doesn’t relate one work of literature to another close enough. The focus is on direct comparisons, so be sure to write plenty of sentences
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