How can I start writing my compare and contrast essay between me and someone else (character)?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If I understand your question correctly, you are to write a comparison/contrast essay on a character from literature and yourself. 

Have you compiled your list of similarities and differences in your prewriting stage? Look at these and decide what commonalities you share with the character while yet differing.

Begin with some opening remarks of your own such as How often real people seem to have stepped from a novel's page,or a quote from the literary work that applies or another relative quote from an author, philosopher, etc.  Then, write a focused statement about your topic, your thesis statement.  This thesis should contain 3 main aspects of character that you are going to compare/contrast.

Be sure to make comparisons and contrasts between both persons as you write.  (Do not write about one at a time.)

Here's an example of an opener: Joseph Conrad wrote a short story entitled, "The Secret Sharer" about a man's alter-ego.  Now, it seems that I have found my "secret sharer."  For, while I have always complimented myself on my individuality, after reading _______, I find that while I differ somewhat from _____(the character), he/she and I share some striking similarities.

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I learned once that there are 5 ways to start an introduction of any paper: a quote, a fact, a question, a blunt statement, or a story. My students don't ever stress about how to do intro's after we go over and practice these. (You are much wiser than the average middle schooler, but it is so nice to just throw something down and just write the intro!!)

Here's a few ideas:

  • I hate Tess D-Urbiville!! I can't stand the way she . . . (list and explain the things you don't like about the character). Tragically, we are just the same. 
  •  5:30 AM and the alarm is ringing. I am up and getting my running shoes on within five minutes. The cool air . . . (finish the "story"). No, this isn't a moment in ______'s day, it is actually a moment in mine . . . we are very similar.
  • Have you ever wondered how people really see you? What they are thinking about when they see you? After reading, ________ and getting to know ______, I won't ever think those thoughts again. We are just alike. 

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