In a compare and contrast essay how do you start the  introduction paragraph?comparing and contrasting 2 characters from 2 different books. 1. Florens from "A Mercy" by Toni Morrison 2....

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In a compare and contrast essay how do you start the  introduction paragraph?

comparing and contrasting 2 characters from 2 different books.

1. Florens from "A Mercy" by Toni Morrison

2. Herald Loomis "Joe Turners' come and gone by August Wilson

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There's two ways to do comparison contrast: whole-to-whole or point-to-point.  Both ways are given below:

1) Subject by Subject or Text-by-Text or Whole-to-Whole (divided) pattern of comparison (A+B); discuss all of A, then all of B.

I. INTRODUCTION

A. BACKGROUND INFO: Name your two subjects.

B. THESIS: State your purpose (to persuade or inform); if you are merely informing, declaring that intent is your thesis. If you are persuading (passing judgment), then you can have a limited thesis or a full thesis. A limited thesis declares your intent to persuade, but doesn't give away your opinion yet; that is saved for the Conclusion. A full thesis goes ahead and gives your opinion as to which subject is superior. Usually, a limited thesis at this point will help you to remain unbiased in the descriptive Main Body.

C. PREVIEW: List your standards of comparison.

 

2) Standard by Standard or Point-by-Point; or Part-to-Part (alternating) pattern of comparison (A/B + A/B), i.e., elements of the first thing are discussed, then elements of the second. This process is then repeated.

I. INTRODUCTION

A. BACKGROUND INFO: Name your two subjects.

B. THESIS: State your purpose (to persuade or inform); if you are merely informing, declaring that intent is your thesis. If you are persuading (passing judgment), then you can have a limited thesis or a full thesis. A limited thesis declares your intent to persuade, but doesn't give away your opinion yet; that is saved for the Conclusion. A full thesis goes ahead and gives your opinion as to which subject is superior. Usually, a limited thesis at this point will help you to remain unbiased in the descriptive Main Body.

C. PREVIEW: List your standards of comparison.

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The previous answer is well put and shows two ways of how this can be done. Another way is as follows: you could also simply say:

"The aim of this paper is to compare character x and character y in three areas: abc, jkl, xyz."

If you take this approach, you waste no words and you get right to the point. Also a word on why you think that this comparison is worthwhile and what you might learn from it. I always try to lay out in the first few sentences my main reason for writing.

One more thing - please stick to your thesis. In other words, stick to abc, jkl, and xyz. Check and double check that you have not moved from you thesis.

I will give an example in the link of how this can be done.

 

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