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Comparing Two Characters, Themes, or Conflicts in a short essay I. Block Format (One character, theme, or conflict at a time) When using the block format for a two-paragraph comparison, discuss one subject in the first paragraph and the other, in the second. Paragraph 1: Opening sentence names the two characters, themes, or conflicts and states that they are very similar, very different or have many important (or interesting) similarities and differences. The remainder of the paragraph describes features of the first character, theme, or conflict without referring to the second character, theme, or conflict. Paragraph 2: Opening sentence must contain a transition showing you are comparing the second character, theme, or conflict to the first. (e.g. "Unlike (or similar to) [character, theme, or conflict #1], [ character, theme, or conflict #2]...) Discuss all the features/traits of character, theme, or conflict #2 in relation to character, theme, or conflict #1 using compare/contrast cue words such as like, similar to, also, unlike, on the other hand for each comparison. End with a personal statement or another snappy clincher relating to both characters, themes, or conflicts. II. Separating Similarities and Differences (point by point comparison) When using this format, discuss only the similarities in the first paragraph and only the differences in the next. This format requires careful use of many compare/contrast cue words. Paragraph 1: Opening sentence names the two characters, themes, or conflicts and states that they are very similar, very different or have many important (or interesting) similarities and differences. Continue discussing characters, themes, or conflicts similarities only using compare/contrast cue words such as like, similar to, and also for each comparison. Paragraph 2: Opening sentence MUST contain a transition

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