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How to Write a Compare and Contrast Essay

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You will write about a short story of your choice. You may select a story from Perrine's Literature or you may select another classical story. Select one of the following options:

Option 1: Write an essay in which you compare a short story to the film version or to another form of visual media. You may select any short story of your choice; however, you must write the essay in the format of a comparison / contrast essay.
Short Story Adaptations
1. O'connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" versus The Most Dangerous Game film
2. O'connell's "The Most Dangerous Game" versus Surviving the Game
3. Fitzgerald's "Curious Case of Benjamin Button" versus The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
4. Oats' "Where are you going, where have you been" versus Smooth Talk

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For a compare and contrast essay, this is the format I used with my students in the classroom:
Format of a Compare/Contrast Essay
It is important to remember that Compare/Contrast essays take two topics and illustrate how they are similar and dissimilar
1. Introduction
Just like in a typical five-paragraph-essay you will open with a quotation, anecdote, or some type of generalization and then lead into the thesis statement (what you are ...

Solution Summary

The solution provides the steps, in detail, for writing a compare and contrast essay, focusing on the differences between a written work and its film adaptation. In addition, the story The Most Dangerous Game is used as an example.

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