“This article, certain to become the classic in the field, clearly demonstrates that apples and oranges are not only comparable; indeed they are quite similar. The admonition ‘Let’s not compare apples with oranges’ should be replaced immediately with a more appropriate expression such as ‘Let’s not compare walnuts with elephants’ or ‘Let’s not compare tumor necrosis factor with linguini’.” —Jame E. Barone, “Comparing Apples and Oranges: A Randomised Prospective Study”


  • Write 4-5 double-spaced pages (12-point, Times New Roman font).
  • Use MLA style.
  • 100 points

Compare two assigned essays of your choice. Focus specifically on the similarities between the essays and let the differences emerge organically. Close examination of the essays’ shared qualities will in turn highlight their differences, which will help ensure that you don’t attempt to compare elephants with walnuts and that your points of contrast are significant to your overall argument. For example, Richard’s and Moore’s essays might share the theme of environmental change and “solastalgia,” but close observation and analysis of the essays will reveal their different approaches to this theme. Consider intent, audience, style and tone.

The introduction should specifically address the texts you are comparing—don’t begin with a personal anecdote. The introduction should also include an idea-driven thesis statement that is supported with textual examples and analysis of specific passages. Assume your reader is familiar with the essay, so keep plot summary to a minimum. However, detailed plot summary might be used briefly to contextualize cited passages for your reader.