Read the following passage that compares Christianity and Buddhism
Using both the reading and the notes, complete the diagram
Purpose: How was it possible that these diametrically opposed religions managed each create a mass following during this time?
Compare Essay Toolbox
First step in preparing to write a compare essay is to carefully examine what the question is asking you to compare and what topic or topics will be used as the
source(es) of comparison.
For example: Compare and Contrast the major beliefs and spread of Christianity and Buddhism
What is to be compared?
What is the topic or topics of comparison? ________________________________
Christianity and Buddhism
Major Beliefs, Spread
Second step is to identify the most significant similarities and differences within each topic
Third step is to provide evidence of these similarities and differences. This can be key events, developments, dates or the work of a key figure.
Finally, the fourth step is to analyze the reasons for the similarity and difference.
Do not write an essay that dedicates one paragraph to similarities and one paragraph to differences or one paragraph each about what is being compared. You must generate direct comparisons. These method tend to create indirect comparisons
Sometimes compare questions will not contain topics. In this case you must develop your own. They should be broad enough to apply to both civilizations and contain similarities and differences. This is what we will do for our first compare essay of the year
Let’s examine some thesis statements below based on the question above:
Make sure the thesis contains the following:
1. Addresses the themes and /or issues—In another words what is being compared and the topics that will be used to do the comparing
2. Specify at least one similarity and one difference. Try to use the most striking and significant ones available.
3. Insert analysis. This helps to add sophistication to a thesis statement. Remember analysis means a reason for these comparisons
Incomplete/ poor thesis statements: There were many similarities and differences between Christianity and Buddhism. What is missing from the numbers above?__________________
Incomplete/ average thesis statement: There were many similarities and differences, in terms of major beliefs and reasons for its spread, between Christianity and Buddhism. What is missing from the numbers above?____________________
1. Topics 2. Sim. Diff. 3. Analysis
2. Sim./Diff. 3. Analysis
Your task is to improve upon the thesis statements written on the previous page and write an effective thesis that serves as a road map to the rest of our essay. Start with specifying your similarities and differences in the chart below.