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Compare and Contrast Essay Choose two of the following subjects to compare and contrast in a six-paragraph essay 1. The American Dream as represented in The Grapes of Wrath 2. The American Dream as represented in The Great Gatsby 3. The American Dream as represented in A Raisin in the Sun *Remember that everything you write needs to address the different aspects The American Dream as represented in the stories we have read this year. Organizing the Essay The introduction of your essay should mention both books and end with a strong and clearly defined thesis statement. There are two primary ways to organize the body paragraphs of your paper: the divided pattern and the alternating pattern. You can follow either the divided pattern or the alternating pattern where you will give all details for one subject and then give all supporting details for the other subject. Divided Pattern: Paragraphs 2-3 in Body Discuss and give supporting details for The Grapes Of Wrath Paragraphs 4-5 in Body Discuss and give supporting details for A Raisin in the Sun To follow the alternating pattern, alternate the details from one side of the comparison or contrast to the other. Alternating pattern: Paragraph 2 in Body Discuss and give supporting details for Grapes of Wrath Paragraph 3 in Body Discuss and give supporting details for The Great Gatsby Paragraph 4 in Body Discuss and give further supporting details for The Grapes of Wrath Paragraph 5 in Body Discuss and give further supporting details for The Great Gatsby The conclusion of your paper should include final correlations about the two subjects and a restatement of your thesis or a summary of your main points. Be sure as you write the paper that you follow the organized structure of comparison and contrast and give details and examples to support the similarities and differences you have chosen. Brainstorming Ideas for Compare and Contrast Essay Choose two of the works that we have read. Make a list of important ideas, events, characters, and characteristics of the American Dream as represented in the story. * Your list must have enough information to make up a six paragraph essay. Find a way to organize the material you have brainstormed. Ex. The Great Gatsby A Raisin in the Sun Jay Gatsby lives in a Mansion The Youngers live in an apartment. Jay Gatsby wanted to be rich Walter Lee wanted to be rich Jay Gatsby was rich Walter Lee lost his inheritance After you have made a detailed list, organize the items in your list by paragraph. Parenthetical citation with a summary or paraphrase: In a conversation with Travis, Walter describes the dreams he has for his family. He wants a prestigious job, a nice home, and even his own gardener. More importantly he wants his son to attend whatever college he chooses (Hansberry 865). Next sentence begins… You will need one parenthetical citation per paragraph. Two parenthetical citations per book. NO DIRECT QUOTES! Conclusion 3-5 Sentences I. Restate the important aspects of the American Dream. A. One sentence about one of the books and how the American Dream is an important idea or theme. B. One sentence about the other book and how the American Dream is an important idea or theme. C. Final Statement that brings closure to the paper.
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