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					How to organize ideas in a compare/contrast essay:



   1. Acquire and list information about each subject- Odysseus and Macbeth
   2. Review both lists and begin to categorize traits. Such categories may include personality,
      idiosyncrasies, weaknesses, strengths, fate, physical appearance, intellect, motivation, etc.
   3. Create a specific thesis statement that addresses the prompt. Your thesis must address
      both a similarity and a difference.
   4. Decide on a method of organizing your three body paragraphs:



   Method 1 (two similarities and one difference or two differences and one similarity)

   Body Paragraph One: Focus on one specific similarity. You will examine this similarity
   relative to both characters and cite evidence from both works.

   Body Paragraph Two: Focus on one specific similarity. You will examine this similarity
   relative to both characters and cite evidence from both works.

   Body Paragraph Three: Focus on one specific difference. You will examine this similarity
   relative to both characters and cite evidence from both works.




   Method 2 (compare and contrast both characters point by point)

   Body Paragraph One: Focus on point of comparison 1. You are to analyze how each
   character is alike and different relative to this point.

   Body Paragraph Two: Focus on point of comparison 2. You are to analyze how each
   character is alike and different relative to this point.

   Body Paragraph Three: Focus on point of comparison 3. You are to analyze how each
   character is alike and different relative to this point.

				
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