Comparative Analysis of Two Texts
Write an essay in which you trace a significant question theme or literary devices in two (2) of the works we have read so far and select a small handful of passages (from fiction) stanzas (from poetry) or lines of dialogue (from drama) for close analysis.
Tips for Writing a Good Comparative Analysis
Remember that Poet A is similar to Poet B but they are also different is NOT a thesis statement. In that sentence you could put any author; its empty and says nothing. However you could devise a decent thesis by using this kind of formula:
Poet A and Poet B both explore the theme of ______________________________
____________________ in order to _____________________________________.
However Poet A focuses more on ______________________________________
because_____________________________ while Poet B uses _______________
to demonstrate ______________________________________________________.
Notice for example how the following sample thesis statements point out both the similarities and the difference without statingquite redundantlythe words similar or different. Words such as while whereas but however nevertheless and the like allow writers to establish common ground and signal shifts in thought so that readers can understand why and how two more subjects are brought together. Also remark how the following sample comparative statements justify the arguments that the writers will develop and defend:
Derek Walcott and Lillian Allen focus on the ghost of slavery to feature its continued ramifications but whereas Walcotts Ruins of a Great House (1962) ambivalently looks back to the voices and their diseased influence over him as a poet Allens Rub a Dub Inna Regent Park (1993) poeticizes Creole expression to give voice to those victims of unjust poverty.
While William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge both desired to express the everyday language of mankind Wordsworth saw himself as escalating the common to a higher realm whereas Coleridge set out to bring abstract thinking down to the level of common humanity.
Additional Resources: Seepp. 31-34 in LIT for a sample thesis statement and outline as well as a sample Comparison-Contrast paper.
REQUIRED: You need to submit your essay in two places. First please upload your Professional Narrative Essay into theV-Camp Dropbox. It is imperative that we have your work on file through V-Camp. Second you must submit your essay inTurnitin paste a copy of thegrading rubricbelow at the end of your document (immediately following the References page/entries). Failure to do so will result in loss of points.
For ease of pasting the grading rubric a Word document of the Comparative Essay Criteria is located in theUnit 5 Course Materialsfolder. The grading rubric along with Turnitin tools will allow Dr. Walker to provide you with extensive detailed commentary on your writing.