Once you have that, then you have to find at least two or three points of comparison and use research, facts, and well-organized paragraphs to impress and captivate your readers.
Writing the comparative essay is an important skill that you will use many times throughout your scholastic career.
You need to know the plot line in great detail, the characters, their roles within the book, their responsibilities, their personalities, the way they change throughout the books, the backgrounds and it’s always helpful to know the number of hairs on their head. Pick a really interesting word,maybe something unusual.
You need to know when and why the author wrote the books, and what message he or she was trying to give. I can’t remember the exact quote, but Curley’s Wife wears ostrich feather shoes in OM&M.
I know last year I had to write an extended piece on ‘Of Mice and Men’ and ‘An Inspector Calls’.
This post is inspired and based on my work for that. Find a relevant quote: Whatever point you are trying to prove, you need to choose a quote that has a lot to say about it.
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.
Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.
Then you should re-read the book chapter by chapter, making notes on all the characters and all the major events in the books (and any minor ones that are relevant). Finally, an ostrich will stick its head in the sand when in trouble, instead of trying to avoid its problems. If you can come up with a really good alternate interpretation of a quote that shows another aspect of things, then that’s some serious points.
Write down how the characters progress, and what impression they seek to give. Try for an analogy or such like, or even try to link it to another quote.