circles intersect. To illustrate, lets look at another exemplary essay, Silence the Pianos, by Floyd Skloot. If there is a balance of similarities and differences, you might concentrate on discussing this balance. Identifying the specific successful moves made by others increases the number of arrows in your quiver, ready for use when you sit down to start your own writing. Remember the Streetcar, tennessee Williams wonderful play, A Streetcar Named Desire, comes from a real streetcar in New Orleans and an actual neighborhood named Desire. So how do you go about writing one? Second only to effective organization, effective use of these expressions will go a long way toward helping produce a good compare/contrast paper. Organizing, there are at least two ways to organize a compare/contrast essay. TIP Sheet, writinompare/contrast paper, a compare and contrast essay examines two or more topics (objects, people, or ideas, for example comparing their similarities and contrasting their differences. Signaling transitions, learn to use expressions that precisely convey contrast or comparison. Do you have a preference for one or the other?
Essays are for readers. In this excerpt from. In other words, there are certain private moments that feel exhilarating to revisit, and private sentences that seem stirring to write and to reread as we edit our early drafts, but they are not going to have the same effect in the public arena. Or to put it another way, at every stop along the wayeach paragraph, each transitionwe are on a streetcar passing through these four thematic neighborhoods, and Rodriguez has given us a map so we can follow along. Where is the lighted streetcar sign in that paragraph? Write about something else in the future. The personal essay reveals. When you run across a moment in someone elses writing that seems somehow electric on the page, stop, go back, reread the section more slowly, and ask yourself, What did she do here, put into this, or leave out, that makes it so successful? Likewise, identifying the missteps in other writers work makes you better at identifying the missteps in your own.