In a compare and contrast essay, you’ll be asked to talk about the similarities and differences between two subjects. This leaves a lot of room for experimentation, and unless your teacher gives you a specific topic, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out just what to write about. Here are some tips and tricks for finding great compare and contrast essay topics.
Because a compare and contrast essay asks you to talk at length about the similarities and differences between two subjects, you’ll want to pick two things that share some basic commonalities, but also diverge in critical ways. For example, “candy versus toothpaste” would probably not be a good topic, because candy and toothpaste are two totally different things, so you wouldn’t have too much to say about their similarities. On the other hand, “bubblegum versus minty gum” probably wouldn’t be a great topic, either, because they are too similar.
Unless your assignment asks you specifically to discuss your opinions on two subjects, your teacher probably wants you to be able to talk about your subjects using actual facts, not your opinions. For example, “blondes versus brunettes” or “beards versus mustaches” might be fun topics, but they probably wouldn’t work for an academic essay!
Your teacher doesn’t want to have to read a boring paper, and you don’t want to have to write one! Pick something that’s fun or interesting to talk about, and your paper will really stand out. For example, there’s lots of things to say about a topic like “salt versus pepper”, but unless you’re in culinary school it probably won’t be very fun to discuss.
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