Having a problem with comparative writing? Not anymore!
Let us begin with a question. What is the real meaning of the term comparison? Among various human skills, comparison and contrasting holds its own value, it is in human nature to compare and to contrast. Good with bad, dark with bright, wrong with right, dull with bright and peaceful with fright. Basically, by comparing two objects, a distinction can be made. To overcome the confusion, human mind chooses to compare one thing with another. Comparison is a never ending debate. Somehow, a conclusion can be drawn as the result of comparison, but not all the time.
When it comes to essay writing in a comparative manner, the discussion becomes very precise. An argument between two or more than two things can be based upon differences, similarities, shape, size, quality and quantity. In short, it can be said that the exchange of views about two things is dependent upon their features. Each object has its own features. Some of the features might be common and some are limited to one specific object. The idiosyncrasy of an object makes it superior over the other. Moreover, a comparison is mostly conducted within the same genre; a car can be compared with another car, motorbike can go against another one. Such comparison will include the structure of a car, paint, design, etc. But, if a car is to be compared to a bike, then the comparison will be focused on the speed, distance traveled per time. Technically, both are machines, but their class is different. Similarly, in academic life numerous comparisons are made. On Biological scale, one fruit can be compared with another. Red grapes are sourer than the green ones, pulses have large amount of protein than fruits, red chili is spicier than green chili etc. and when it comes to a contrast between green and red apple, there is a very little amount of difference in general. To make an argument valid, an individual must dig deeper, mentioning nonparallel key features.
For comparative writing, an individual must have a sound knowledge over both the objects being compared. When knowledge is limited to one object only, then it will develop two possibilities. If the knowledge is in favor of the object, then some favoritism can be observed, but when the knowledge is against the object, unfairness can be noticed. A good knowledge about both sides, results in a well proportioned writing. Otherwise, the whole comparison leans towards one side. Most of the time, there is a lot to compare because there are so many features contained on each side of the comparison. Under such conditions, only unique features of each of the sides should be accounted. A debate between two sides should be precise and point to point. By highlighting the best features, an interest can be developed.
On the whole, it can be said that when writing to compare among things or idea or even objects, proper knowledge for each topic must be gathered, the material should not be one sided. Flaws and good features have to be disclosed. Otherwise, the confusion will not transform into the conclusion.