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What are the thesis ” compare-and-contrast piece: I can use for my character analysis essay about two characters in the play?

A thesis for a compare-and-contrast character analysis essay could be developed for two major characters, such as Walter and Beneatha Younger, or minor characters, such as George Murchison and Joseph Asagai. The “compare” aspect of a thesis will emphasize the similarities between them, while the “contrast” aspect will highlight their differences.

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An effective compare-and-contrast character analysis essay will be based on two characters that have both strong similarities and strong differences. It may work well to write this type of essay about a pair of major characters because of there is considerable material with which to work. However, minor characters are often strikingly different in important ways, which can facilitate the selection of an original, relevant...

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