Introduction to Compare/Contrast Essay

Comparison in writing discusses elements that are similar, while contrast in writing discusses elements that are different.

The key to a good compare-and-contrast essay is to choose two or more subjects that connect in a meaningful way. The purpose of conducting the comparison or contrast is not simply to state the obvious but rather to illuminate subtle differences or unexpected similarities. Through this process, the essay reveals insights that are interesting to the reader.

In this module, you will develop your skills in compare and contrast writing.

Module Outcomes

After successfully completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Determine the purpose and structure of the compare and contrast essay.
  2. Understand how to write a compare and contrast essay.