Project #55200 - Compare and Contrast Eessay

Compare and Contrast Essay

 

 

 

Assignment

 

Many of the stories we read throughout the semester will have many thematic and stylistic similarities. For example, you may notice how two main characters from different works have similar strengths and weaknesses, face similar conflicts, or meet similar fates. For this essay, you will put those thoughts on paper. You are required to write a 3 to 5 page essay in which you compare OR contract Joyce Carol Oates’ “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” with one of the following:

 

1.      “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannary O’Connor (pg 860)

 

2.      “A&P” by John Updike (pg 90)

 

You will need to narrow your thoughts to a very specific focus: for example, you might consider how POV from one work compares to the POV from another work; or consider how setting affects the overall story in each work; you can compare OR contrast two story’s plot (You can’t just summarize each story’s plot. You MUST focus on one plot element, say, conflict or the resolution, and discuss how they work in a similar or different way in each of the stories. Whatever your focus is, you must make sure you have a clear purpose. Your purpose will help you focus and structure your essay.

 

Audience

 

The paper should be written for an academic audience. This means, among other things, that the tone should be formal, should not include references to yourself (“I,” “My,” etc) or your reader (“You,” “Your,” and so forth) and should not use conversational language or sentence constructions. Write your essay in objective third-person.

 

 

 

Basic requirements

 

The paper should be approximately 3 to 5 pages and use cited examples from the tests you choose to support your thesis. The essay should be formatted according to MLA standards. You can refer to Bedford Guide for discussion and examples of MLA formatting. Use a 12-font text (either Times or Arial).

 

 

 

Considerations

 

Read and follow these considerations very closely:

 

1.      Make a central claim about how the two works are similar or how they differ, as applicable.

 

2.      Have a clear purpose: Why is this comparison or contrast important? What will the reader better understand about the two stories?

 

3.      Have an interesting title as well as an effective introduction that not only names the authors and the works being explored, but that also engages the reader and sets up your intended focus.

 

4.      Have well-structured body paragraphs that give a sufficient quantity of specific, interesting examples (cited from the texts in the form of quotes, paraphrase or summary) in support of your thesis.

 

5.      Be organized logically so your reader is able to easily understand your ideas. This includes the use of a clear topic sentence in each paragraph and the use of transitions to help guide the reader through the essay.

 

6.      Have a stylistically effective conclusion that moves beyond mere summary of pervious points.

 

7.      Use a style appropriate to the given audience.

 

8.      Be free of mechanical errors, such as incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

 

Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 01/31/2015 12:00 am
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