Comparison Essay

Length: 4 pages minimum, 10-12 point Times New Roman, 1\” margins, stapled or clipped.
Research: Optional
Bibliography: MLA Bibliography required (if for no other than the primary sources)

For this essay, Everything That Rises Must Converge
Flannery OConnor and The Jilting of Granny Weatherall
Katherine Ann Porter-you might discuss a similarity between characters (major or minor), a similarity in setting, the writers use of irony or symbolism, etc. Just make certain that the thematic link is expressed clearly in your introduction.

For instance, the subject you may choose to explore might be the way in which two characters deal with conflicts with society (those are just two of many possibilities, of course). Based upon this subject, you will compose a thesis (central ideas around which the paper will conform) which identifies clearly what similarity you will be describing.

For example, lets observe an essay topic focused upon comparing two like themes.
One example of theme for Everyday Use might be: Understanding heritage is more about personal experience and appreciation than what one can learn about in books or classes. This is certainly not the only theme that could easily be derived from Walkers story, but most readers would agree that this theme is true to the story.

In contrast to her educated and stylish daughter, the narrator understands that genuine appreciation of the people within a culture is more about personal experience and familiarity than what one can learn about in books or classes.

When considering another story which has a similar kind of theme, several examples come to mind. One possibly unlikely source is Raymond Carvers Cathedral. Within Cathedral, a similar theme might be stated: The narrator learns that appreciation of others comes from understanding a person from within and not basing his worth on outward appearance or style.

If one chose to use these stories for this assignment, the papers thesis might read as follows:

Both Alice WalkersEveryday Use and Raymond Carvers Cathedral feature characters who assess another persons relevance according to outward appearance, yet in both cases, the stories convey the theme that ones true value is found within the soul and not externally.

1. Within the introductory paragraph, clearly identify the authors as well as the story titles.

2. The thesis statement for this paper is, as in any essay, the central focus of the entire paper. Please make certain that the thesis is clear, specific, and factually accurate. It should be clearly stated in paragraph one.

3. Devote equal time to each of the stories in the body of your essay.

4. Use the point by point method of comparison, rather than the block method (we will review this in class).

5. All quoted material from the stories should include a parenthetical notation following the direct quotation. A bibliography in MLA format should be placed at the end of the essay on a separate page.

6. Secondary materials should be introduced with an attributive tag within the text. For the sake of your own credibility as a writer, an attributive tag allows your reader to understand precisely why you have selected the material and why they should take it seriously. As is the case in all academic work, the quality of a secondary reference may positively or negatively impact your message. Choose critical work most carefully.