In your final essay, analyze two short stories you have read this semester. Place the two stories side by side and
reflect upon both their similarities and differences. As you strategize on how to write about the chosen stories, consider what elements personally interested you most. The very best comparison/contrast essays are tightly focused on a single thesis (see the example student paper by Michelle Ortiz in your text, page 1926). Ortiz’s paper looks at how two characters (Miss Brill and Miss Emily) adapt, over time, to their respective environments.
Where to start? Choose stories with something significant in common. A great place to formulate general thematic connections is the Index of Major Themes on page 2100 of your text. If there are no crucial similarities in the stories, your essay will most likely be awkward and valueless. Your chief decision will be to choose the correct stories to compare and contrast. Next, choose a focus. Keep in mind key aspects of fiction such as plot, character, setting, point of view, style and voice, symbolism, and literary maneuvers (be sure to use some of the money words you learned this semester). I am not only interested in the similarities and differences of major themes in each story. You might consider recognizing literary devices such as characterization, foreshadowing, simile, imagery, metaphor, personification, tone, etc. in your thesis if they apply. Do not feel you must address all or even some of these devices if your main thesis does not warrant it.
Your essay must possess a solid thesis sentence. I will not look kindly on generalities, be specific (always) as you write in support of your main thesis. This statement should define your purpose and what examples you will use to illustrate that purpose. Be sure to use good transitions between paragraphs.
In your essay, you must exemplify solid writing skills. As your professor, I do not want to stumble over poor syntax, spelling, and punctuation. No contractions, please.
Divorce yourself from the material. Avoid the use of I. Pull away from yourself; write only about the work you analyze. Only spend the minimum time necessary on summary. Assume your reader (me) is well acquainted with each story you discuss.
Assignment 1 Comparison and contrast –Final Essay
quot;Isabel Allende’squot; small story, quot;The Judge’s Wife,quot; concentrates on two interesting characters,
quot;Nicolas Vidal and…