Try it risk-free This lesson explains what it is to write a compare and contrast essay.
For the student who needs to describe two subjects, a compare and contrast essay offers the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of a topic.
Topic choices for a compare and contrast essay are vast.
In a literature course, topic ideas may include writing about two novels, comparing a novel to the movie version of that same novel, or comparing and contrasting characters, settings, or themes within a novel or from two different novels.For example, in a social studies course, a class is working on a unit about the places where people live: rural, urban, and suburban.The instructor assigns everyone a compare and contrast essay on life in a city compared to life on a farm. A strong, well-written, and organized compare and contrast essay will show the instructor that the writer understands the differences between life in the city and life on the farm.Again, compare and contrast essays can cover almost any topic and may pop up in a variety of subject areas.In order to make decisions about what to include, writers need to keep one thing in mind: relevance.The instructions are such that the essay must both compare, provide similarities, and contrast, provide differences, for living in both types of areas. Compare and contrast essays are multi-paragraph compositions that explain ways in which two (or occasionally more) subjects are similar and different.In these essays, compare means describing similarities between the subjects.The authors estimate and compare a variety of continuous-time models of the short-term riskless rate using the Generalized Method of Moments.The authors find that the most successful models in capturing the dynamics of the short-term interest rate are those that allow the volatility of interest rate changes to be highly sensitive to the level of the riskless rate.When studying a particular subject, students are often asked to write essays that compare and contrast various aspects of that area of study.It is common to be assigned to write essays in all areas of study, not just when taking a composition course.