Are you comparing to find meaningful similarities and differences or is it to demonstrate your understanding of the work as a whole?
By establishing a purpose, you’re laying the foundation for your comparison and can refer back to it when you start to analyze each character.
Once you’ve determined the traits of each character, identify the similarities and differences between them.
Focus on the overarching personal qualities or nature of the two characters rather than describing their physical features.
8.) Write Once you’ve outlined the structure of your character comparison, you’re finally ready to write!
Make sure that all of the information in your essay is accurate and can be supported by the text.
For example, If you're writing about Shakespeare's and you compare Marcellus and Gertrude, you've pretty much demonstrated you don’t understand the play well, because there's little meaningful connection between the two.
On the other hand, if you compare Ophelia and Hamlet, as two adults following their respective fathers' advice to their deaths, you've demonstrated superior comprehension.
You should examine both characters’ individual roles in their respective literary works to understand how they contribute to the overall meaning of the text.
Let’s take a look at eight steps for writing a character comparison.