Comparative Essay Example

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My Essay Ideas
Sample Notes
1) decide on Themes you want to discuss
Theme Ideas
MoralityRevengeMercy
RacismFamily/IssuesInvestment/Interest
Justice RomanceTragic Consequences
Competition
2) brainstorm some specific examples you could use, including the references you will need.

Theme Ideas Example from NovelReferences

A) Romance1) Romeo & Juliet
-Romeo & Juliet have a problem from the start
-parents are in a feud
Merchant of Venice
-Bassanio & Portia also have a problem
-she lives far away and he does not have money to woo her 1.1.___?

2) R& J
-R & J’s relationship becomes worse when he kills Tybalt and
banished from Verona
MoV
-B & P’s relationship gets better when he wins the lottery and 3.1?
can marry Portia

3) R& J
-tragedy occurs in this relationship when J’s potion makes it
seem that she is dead, so Romeo kills himself
MoV
-B & P get married, and she helps him free his friend3.____?

Sample A

One of the themes Shakespeare explores in his plays is the way Romance works. In Romeo and Juliet, the young couple meet at a party at her house, and fall almost instantly in love, but they have a problem, right from the start. Their parents are feuding, and they cannot be together because of the hate between the families. Similarly, in Merchant of Venice, Bassanio falls in love with the rich and beautiful Portia, and they also start with a problem. She lives far away in Belmont, and he is too poor to see and woo her. In Romeo and Juliet, things get even worse when Romeo kills Juliet’s cousin Tybalt. Now they are still in love, but he is banished from Verona. But Bassanio’s romantic life improves when Antonio helps him to borrow money, and he is able to win the casket lottery and marry Portia. The “star crossed lovers” romance ends in tragedy when Juliet is found “bleeding, warm and newly dead” (Shakespeare 5.3.175) after she kills...
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