To Compare and Contrast – In Literature – That Is The Question

To Compare and Contrast – In Literature – That Is The Question

There are many ways to write about someone or something in a piece of literature, whether it be a poem or a play or a novel. The following details two different ways to write this kind of answer. The first is a merging of ideas and is the harder of the two. The second is a more straightforward approach looking at one and then the other. We will call them Plan A and Plan B. Read them and discuss their differences, both good and bad.

Plan A

Magwitch is a diverse character with several different emotions. As a convict, he can act in a violent manner towards the young Pip, but as an ageing man, returning to England, he can take pride in his creation when he says, “I made me a gentleman.” Pip, on the other hand, is a character drawn rather two dimensionally by Dickens, who wants the reader to see Pip as the young man and Pip as the boy in similar ways. His growth from the forge to the city is in one sense irrelevant as the reader sees the growth in the light of his mysterious benefactor. On the other hand, it is Magwitch that appears to be the more historically accurate of the two, due to the use of transportation in the Victorian era. The character of Pip is more of a caricature of the young city gent, several images merged into one to create him.

Plan B

Magwitch is a diverse character with several different emotions. As a convict, he can act in a violent manner towards the young Pip, but as an ageing man, returning to England, he can take pride in his creation when he says, “I made me a gentleman.” Indeed, it is Magwitch that appears to be the more historically accurate of the two, due to the use of transportation in the Victorian era. Pip, on the other hand, is a character drawn rather two dimensionally by Dickens, who wants the reader to see Pip as the young man and Pip as the boy in similar ways. His growth from the forge to the city is in one sense irrelevant as the reader sees the growth in the light of his mysterious benefactor. The character of Pip is more of a caricature of the young city gent, several images merged into one to create him.

Now, which one would get an A* grade, or a 9 in modern money?

You decide and do, because at the end of the day when the exam comes around, you will need to be able to feel comfortable in which way you plan to write. If by taking Plan A as an option, you feel you can sustain the swapping and changing sufficiently well, then it will score very high, so long as the answer is detailed and accurate [as well as written clearly and paragraphed well. I have only offered one short paragraph here, so imagine it two or three pages in length as an answer. If, however, you feel that Plan B is more your preferred way, then adopt it from now through all your training so that you can get used to the style of writing needed for successful writing in this style.

Above all, choose the one that you enjoy writing in the most.

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