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Comparative Analysis: Overview
Guide to support comparative essay writing.
What is a Comparative Analysis?
A comparative essay asks that you compare at least two (possibly more) items. These can be:
positions on an issue (e.g., responses to midwifery in Canada and the United States)
theories (e.g., capitalism and communism)
figures (e.g., GDP in the United States and Britain)
texts (e.g., Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Macbeth)
events (e.g., the Great Depression and the global financial crisis of 2008–9)
Although the assignment may say “compare,” the assumption is that you will consider both the similarities and differences; in other words, you will compare and contrast. [source]
How to write a comparative essay: River Valleys (30 minutes)
Even though this video is about Ancient History, the process that the teacher takes the students through is quite good.
Compare/Contrast Essay (10 minutes)
A quick guide on how to write a comparision/contrast essay. Visual demonstration.