Relevance helps determine which characteristics are worth comparing and contrasting.
Your thesis will help you determine the relevance, or irrelevance, of facts. This is a sentence that lets the reader know the topic and the argument the writer is making.
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For the student who needs to describe two subjects, a compare and contrast essay offers the opportunity to explore the similarities and differences of a topic.
Something like: While city life and farm life have few similarities, city life provides the hustle and bustle of many people, distinct noises, and social opportunities that are different from that of farm life.
If this is the writer's thesis statement, then the essay should focus on details that are relevant to the hustle and bustle of city life, noises, and social activities available in the city versus on a farm.The thesis statement will help keep the writing focused on just a few ideas that are based on the overall topic.The topic for a compare and contrast essay will likely be determined by the subject or course that a student is enrolled.Topic choices for a compare and contrast essay are vast.In a literature course, topic ideas may include writing about two novels, comparing a novel to the movie version of that same novel, or comparing and contrasting characters, settings, or themes within a novel or from two different novels.For example, in a social studies course, a class is working on a unit about the places where people live: rural, urban, and suburban.The instructor assigns everyone a compare and contrast essay on life in a city compared to life on a farm. A strong, well-written, and organized compare and contrast essay will show the instructor that the writer understands the differences between life in the city and life on the farm.Again, compare and contrast essays can cover almost any topic and may pop up in a variety of subject areas.In order to make decisions about what to include, writers need to keep one thing in mind: relevance.When a writer contrasts two things, he or she explains ways in which they are different.After completing a unit of study on where people live, students should be able to provide several details about how life on a farm can be vastly different from life in a city.