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The Comparison of the Characters

If you were asked to write an essay, in which you need to compare the two characters of a one literary work (Othello and Iago, Ophelia and Hamlet) or characters of two different literary works (Anna Karenina and Natasha Rostova, Odysseus and Leopold Gloom).

At first, compare the most simple, obvious, characteristics of characters: age, background, education, social status, material wealth, etc. Pay attention to the characters’ traits. One character may be cheerful, romantic, and honest, while another one is cynic, liar, and sly.

Be sure to tell about the attitude towards life and people. It is important to compare the behavior of the characters in the same situation.

There are three general aims for comparing two characters:

  • Comparison of two characters is done to find important similarities and differences. The more important these characteristics are, the more interesting the comparison.
  • Comparison of characters is done to show that a student understand a work as a whole. If you’re writing about Shakespeare’s Hamlet and you are comparing Gertrude and Marcellus, you have shown that you don’t understand the play well, because there is very little between these two characters. But if you compare Hamlet and Ophelia, as two adults who follow the advice of their fathers until the deaths, you show good comprehension of the play.
  • Comparison of characters is done to better understand the work on a deeper level.

You need to understand why you are comparing the characters. To answer this question, you need to be able to finish the following sentences:

  • I compare the characters to show … about the work.
  • These characters have the following similar characteristics …
  • These characters differ in the following …
  • These differences and similarities of the characters relate to the important meaning of the work because …

Once you can complete these sentences, you can continue to what aspects of these characters you are comparing. You need to be specific and provide reasons for the choices you make. Methodically approach the decision of what you are comparing. Look at all the ways the characters different or alike. Then think about how you are going to compare the two characters. Are you going to analyze how the characters speak for themselves or how other characters respond to them? Are you going to study them as individuals or representatives of a family, race, class, region, etc.?

Then decide on how you are going to structure your essay. No matter what structure you choose, you must always make an argument about the meaning of the differences and similarities and you always need to support those arguments with examples from the work.

If you were asked to write an essay, in which you need to compare the two characters of a one literary work (Othello and Iago, Ophelia and Hamlet) or characters of two different literary works (Anna Karenina and Natasha Rostova, Odysseus and Leopold Gloom).

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August 27, 2016
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