For Essay 2 you will compare and contrast two of the readings from Unit 2. You may both compare and contrast, compare only, or contrast only.
Below are some tips to assist with your writing (**The examples do not reflect the specific topics listed in the essay prompt. It is to be used as a guide only):
1. For your thesis statement, make sure you note what your goal is in the essay. Here is a sample introduction with the thesis statement at the end:
In many texts main characters have strong personality traits that create tension within the story and often results in a tragic ending. In “The Necklace” by Guy Maupassant, Mathilde is overtaken by her desire to fit into high society through materialism only to find that her manipulation resulted in indebtedness to her greed. In “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor, Grandmother exercises the same manipulative ways but for different reasons and also finds herself in a situation where the end result was disastrous. Throughout each story, both the Grandmother and Mathilde exercise particular traits that result in disastrous outcomes for each character.
2. For this type of essay you may either discuss it subject by subject (Mathilde first then Grandmother) or topic by topic (discuss the ways in which their manipulation manifests and the impact on the outcome. They may manifest in similar fashion only or in different ways, but the outcome is the same)
3. Conclude your analysis by giving a summary of your overall thoughts about each character and the most compelling way the two are connected.
4. Since you are writing about more than one author, you must insert the author’s last name in the in-text citation if it is not mentioned in the signal phrase. Here are two ways:
Example: According to O’Connor, Grandmother was “………………..” (10) OR The author shows that Grandmother was, “…………………..” (O’Conner 10)