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Compare And Contrast Essay Topics List

In choosing the compare and contrast essay topics the writer ought to identify topics that they can explore comfortably. Merely mentioning the similarities and differences is not enough if one cannot analyze the main ideas.

100 Topics for compare and contrast essay:

  1. Sports-American football vs. rugby
  2. Sports: Indoor and outdoor games
  3. Art- Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Go
  4. Art: Cubism and Abstract art
  5. War: WWI and WWII
  6. Nursing homes and assisted care living facilities
  7. Writing: Alice Walker vs. Margaret Atwood
  8. Writing:  autobiography and nonfiction work
  9. Criminal justice for delinquents: Rehabilitation and juvenile incarceration
  10. Poetry versus prose
  11. Pizza hut and domino pizza
  12. Business: Doing business in America versus doing business in China
  13. Family: Nuclear family versus extended family
  14. Economy:  Top paying jobs twenty years ago versus today
  15. Private schools versus Public schools
  16. Undergraduate versus Graduate studies
  17. Areas: Small towns versus rural areas
  18. Movies: Captain America I versus Captain America II
  19. Education: Online education versus traditional face to face industry
  20. Energy: Conventional oil drilling versus Shale oil drilling
  21. Education: American education system versus Canada education system
  22. Whistleblower: Edward Snowden versus Julian Assange
  23. Benito Mussolini versus Joseph Stalin
  24. Language: Brazilian Portuguese versus European Portuguese language
  25. Language: Canadian language versus Australian English
  26. People: Guajarati people in Eastern Africa versus Gujarati people in Southern Africa
  27. Country: Bangladesh versus Pakistan
  28. Political Philosophers and theorists: Thomas Hobbes versus John Locke
  29. Presidents: Bill Clinton versus George W Bush
  30. Philosophers Plato versus Socrates
  31. Political affiliation: Democrats versus Republicans
  32. North America versus South America
  33. Medicine: complementary medicine versus modern medicine
  34. Religion: Catholicism versus Protestantism
  35. Social welfare system: Scandinavian welfare system versus American welfare system
  36. Political system: American political system versus Canadian political system
  37. Newspaper: Washington Post versus Washington Times
  38. Artists: Picasso versus Leonardo da Vinci
  39. Bluegrass music versus  Rhythm and blues  music
  40. Autocracy versus dictatorship
  41. Bulimia versus anorexia
  42. Dementia versus multiple sclerosis
  43. Korean War versus Vietnam War
  44. Democracy versus dictatorship
  45. Facebook versus snap chat
  46. The Bible versus the Torah
  47. The New Testament versus the Old Testament
  48. Formula One versus Motor GP
  49. Buying a home and renting
  50. Immigration versus emigration
  51. Karl Marx versus Friedrich Hegel
  52. Working at home and working in an office
  53. Psychology and sociology
  54. Apple Inc versus Microsoft
  55. Television and newspaper
  56. Government control versus regulation
  57. Widowed parents versus single parents
  58. Smartphone and tablets
  59. Michael Jackson versus Prince
  60. The 1960’s and the 2010’s
  61. Team sports versus individual sports
  62. Tennis versus ping pong
  63. Macbeth versus Hamlet
  64. Coke versus Pepsi
  65. Stocks versus Bonds
  66. Wind power versus solar power
  67. Communism versus capitalism
  68. Monopoly power versus oligopoly
  69. Greek versus Egyptian mythology
  70. Standup comedy versus drama
  71. Spain versus Portugal
  72. Comic books versus novels
  73. Offense versus defense
  74. Preference versus discrimination
  75. Dislike versus love
  76. Political leader versus manager
  77. Public organizations versus private companies
  78. Weeds versus flower
  79. Printed books versus eBook
  80. Amazon versus Alibaba
  81. Winter versus Summer
  82. Manufacturing jobs versus service sector jobs
  83. Wooden houses versus story buildings
  84. Volcanoes versus earthquakes
  85. Hinduism versus Buddhism
  86. Coffee versus tea
  87. Donkey versus zebra
  88. Debit cards versus credit cards
  89. Al Qaeda versus the Islamic State
  90. Marriage versus civil union
  91. Dogs versus wolves
  92. Canadian legal system versus US legal system
  93. Endocrine system versus nervous system
  94. Centrally planned economies versus mixed economies
  95. Detergent versus soap
  96. The East versus the west coast
  97. Online advertising versus television advertising
  98. Ancient Greek art versus Modern art
  99. Conventional car versus hybrid car
  100. Atlanta Falcons versus the New England Patriots

Purpose of a compare and contrast essay

The comparison-contrast essay examines the similarities and differences between two things, ideas, events, people, and concepts.  To convince readers, you may highlight the similarities between different things, but the writer needs to contrast similar things. Besides pointing out the similarities and differences, there is also a need to plan and organize before beginning the writing process. The writer may also graphic organizer to identify the similarities and differences, which helps in organizing the ideas.  The writer may use the block method to present the issues where ideas are presented in block, and the main points of the other idea are in a different block. Alternatively, you may choose a point-by point approach, where each paragraph explores a point and the supporting ideas.

There are various purposes of the compare contrast essay and one chooses topics where they can utilize rhetorical strategies. Evaluation is one of the main aims of these types of essays as you need to determine the items that are best and desirable, as the writer needs to identify the advantages and disadvantages.  Another purpose is arguing a certain position as the student then evaluates different viewpoints and their relevance to their worldview or opinion.  It may be necessary to liaise with others to identify the good compare and contrast essay topics. Another purpose is providing clarification since it is necessary to provide a clearer picture by comparing and contrasting different items, highlighting their relationship while being objective in the analysis.

Tips concerning topic choice

There are various compare and contrast essay topics that can be explored, and there distinct aspects:

  • Brainstorm for ideas;
  • Read previous essays to understand how writers present ideas;
  • Read background information;
  • Choose interesting topics that you are passionate about;
  • Investigate previous ideas presented in compare and contrast essay topics;
  • After picking the topics narrow down  to those that are neither too broad nor too narrow;
  • Seek assistance from other writers and instructors.

David Hollins

Professor Byrd

ENC 1101-(295)

23 September 2014

Baseball vs. Football

Most football fans see baseball as this lazy, laid back sport. Sometimes, it’s even referred to as a girl’s sport.   On the other hand, they view football as the most physical sport. Often called a man’s game. The thing that these football fans don’t take into account is the big picture. Baseball and football are both similar in that they have the best players in the world in their professional leagues. But, there are so many more factors that play into these two sports than what seems obvious to the eye. When it comes to the level of difficulty, baseball, rather than football, is the harder sport of the two to play professionally. This is because of the physical and mental aspects of the game, the ride to get to the highest level of play, and the skill level.

Furthermore, football and baseball fans need to recognize just how physical of a sport baseball really is; along with the mental toll that the sport takes on an athlete at it’s highest level of play. Looking at football, it is easy to see that there is more physical contact. They are allowed to hit each other, they have to wear heavy equipment, and the pace of the game is very fast. Football fans see the hard, brutal, physical contact and the frequent injuries. They also see how big and built these amazing athletes are, to a point where they would say something like: “Those guys are animals, they’re like superhuman.” Yes, in football, it is all about who is the strongest, who is the fastest, who can bench the most, etc. What they don’t take into perspective is the short sixteen game season of football, and a few more games if a team makes the playoffs. In baseball, you don’t have to be the biggest, strongest, and fastest guy out there. Baseball players have a different body type. They are different athletes and they are built a different way. Where, unlike other sports, to hit a baseball farther and harder, it would benefit a guy with a smaller chest, who has stronger hands and forearms; opposed to a guy who has a big chest and bigger biceps because that gets in the way of bat speed, rotation, and flexibility. If a football player tried to throw a baseball as hard as he could, people would laugh at how slow it goes, with the exception of the quarterbacks. This is because football players get too big, where it is too hard to throw a baseball and do the things that baseball players have to do, like swinging a bat. Moreover, in baseball, teams play 162 games a season, not including playoffs. Six to Eight months out of the year, they play every single day. That’s a lot more than football. The constant routine of playing every day and leaving everything out on the field, takes a serious toll on the body. Not to mention the time and hard work that is put into their craft day in and day out.

In football, the mental side of the game is all about getting amped up, becoming an animal, and being focused. The quarterback deals with the most mental stress. He is responsible for everything that goes right and wrong on the offensive side of the ball. He takes the blame for other player’s mistakes. In baseball, failure happens more than success. A player is considered an above average player, when he fails seven times out of ten. No one has ever even been half way to being a perfect hitter in baseball. Being perfect would be having a batting average of 1.000. Dealing with all of the failure in baseball separates players. It takes mental toughness to a whole other level. It’s one thing to get a mindset for one big game a week, only sixteen on the year; compared to having to get prepared and be 100% focused every single day of the week, for the 162 game season. You can go 0-5 with five strikeouts and make two errors, and still be expected to come out and play an hour after for the second game of a double header in one day. That takes a certain kind of person to have that mental toughness.

Next, football fans need to take the road to the show into perspective. To become a NFL player, you go through two stages, or two levels. Those two levels are high school football, and college football. Now, in the NFL, there are 32 teams that carry a 46-man roster. The road to the NFL is short. Baseball has many different levels that a player must go through in order to get to the MLB. Those levels include the following: high school, college (unless drafted out of high school), instructional ball, rookie ball, low A-ball, A-ball, high A-ball, AA-ball, and AAA-ball. Count that, with the 30 teams and only 25-man roster. Do the math…there’s a huge difference between the two sports, just to get to the highest level of play. That says a lot. Baseball can weed out athletes much faster than football can. It happens at every level of play.

The development process shows if a player is ready for the big show or not. The long process in baseball shows that the skills to play in the big leagues are very difficult, not only get to and to have, but also to maintain consistently on a day-to-day basis. Everyone knows that the hardest thing to do in all of sports is to hit a 90mph (or faster) major league fastball. Add spin to that ball and take off a couple of mph and you have a major league slider. There’s curveballs, change-ups, cutters, splitters, two-seam fastballs, sinkers, screwballs, and knuckleballs. Hitters have less than a half of a second to react and swing at a 90mph fastball. This requires an amazing amount of focus, talent, and skill. In order to be an every-day player in the big leagues you have to be near perfect defensively. There are so many minor skills that make the biggest differences in every aspect of the game of baseball. They are always the smallest and tidiest details. There are just so many things that go into fielding a ground ball, hitting a baseball, catching a fly ball, stealing a base, turning a double play, etc. Football players all have to be strong, fast, and physical. Footwork, technique, and good hands are all required. Football fans may say: “Well, aren’t all the same skills required in baseball, required in football?” That’s simply not the case. The process just to make it says it all…add in all of the little things, even all of the things that have to be done perfectly just to make a double play, and it will be clear to see that there is more skill required to play baseball.

For all of the football fans out there, it is now easier to see that baseball is a more difficult sport to play at the professional level, over that of football. The long season, the minor leagues representing the steps to get to the bigs, and all of the small details help prove that. Yes, football is a more physical sport for the short-term, but in the long run, baseball shows to be more physically demanding, which brings the mental side with it. The long and hard process it takes in order to make it to the big leagues really brings attention to the those who get there and those who don’t. The argument over skill level is close, until football fans start to learn the entire game of baseball. Also, when they begin to look into detail at what goes into the overall make up of a baseball player. It isn’t hard to see that the more difficult sport to play professionally is indeed baseball.

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