Compare and Contrast 2 Historical Figures
Compare and contrast essays ask the writer to focus on the similarities and differences of two elements or ideas. In this case, the focus is on two historical figures. Begin by asking yourself questions about each person:
Organize the information to show patterns of similarities or differences. Examples would include a T-chart or Venn diagram. Focus on what is most important about these people: their similarities or their differences.
There are two main ways to organize a compare and contrast essay. The first format is a subject-by-subject analysis. This essay would address historical figure one, then historical figure two, followed by an analysis of the major similarities and differences. The second format would be a point-by-point analysis organized by defining characteristic.
Adapted from the University of North Carolina Writing Center
What is your general area of interest? Is there a historical figure that comes to mind when you think of this topic? Can you relate that historical figure to another through a unifying idea or concept?
The key to writing a successful compare and contrast essay is to connect the subjects in a meaningful way.
Adapted from the University of Minnesota Libraries