Come up with a structure for your essay, alternating method: Point-by-point pattern, in the alternating method, you find related points common to your central subjects A and B, and alternate between A and B on the basis of these points (ababab ).
For instance, a comparative essay on the French and Russian revolutions might examine how both revolutions either encouraged or thwarted innovation in terms of new technology, military strategy, and the administrative system.
A. Paragraph 1 in body new technology and the French Revolution, b Paragraph 2 in body new technology and the Russian Revolution, a. Paragraph 3 in body military strategy and the French Revolution. B Paragraph 4 in body military strategy and the Russian Revolution A Paragraph 5 in body administrative system and the French Revolution B Paragraph 6 in body administrative system and the Russian Revolution Note that the French and Russian revolutions (A and B) may be dissimilar rather than similar in the way they affected innovation in any of the three. (Unlike A, B. Or Like A, B.) This technique will allow for a higher level of critical engagement, continuity, and cohesion. A Paragraphs 13 in body How the French Revolution encouraged or thwarted innovation B Paragraphs 46 in body How the Russian Revolution encouraged or thwarted innovation When do I use the block method? The list you have generated is not yet your outline for the essay, but it should provide you with enough similarities and differences to construct an initial plan. Develop a thesis based on the relative weight of similarities and differences. Printable PDF Version, fair-Use Policy, what is a comparative essay? A comparative essay asks that you compare at least two (possibly more) items. These items will differ depending on the assignment.
You might be asked to compare positions on an issue (e.g., responses to midwifery in Canada and the United States) theories (e.g., capitalism and communism) figures (e.g., GDP in the United States and Britain) texts (e.g., Shakespeares, hamlet and, macbeth ) events (e.g., the Great Depression and the global financial crisis of 20089) Although the assignment may say compare, the.