Friday, April 5, 2013

100 Compare and Contrast Essay Topics

Comparing things is something we do every day when we have to make decisions. For example, you might think of similarities or differences when we are buying a new MP3 player or choosing a place to study English.

You may need to evaluate two sides of an issue you have studied in a class or two proposals for research or projects at your workplace. In these cases, you will need to write an essay or report to discuss your ideas about the topic. This is a comparison and contrast essay.

Some of the essay topics below may seem to contain subjects that have nothing in common. But think again! You’ll find contrasting characteristics as well as similar characteristics in each individual set.

Compare and Contrast Essay Topics:

  1. A big college campus to a small college campus;
  2. A female friend and a male friend;
  3. A real vacation and a dream vacation;
  4. Abraham Lincoln with Thomas Jefferson;
  5. Acting to lying;
  6. Acting to singing;
  7. Being afraid to being bored;
  8. Being the president to being a homeless person;
  9. Best Friend and Archenemy;
  10. Christopher Columbus to early astronauts;
  11. Church sermons to campaign speeches;
  12. Comparing the Two World War Sides, Allies and Axis;
  13. Comparing Volcanoes with Earthquakes;
  14. Going to a movie to having a movie night at home;
  15. Harry Potter--on the page and on the screen;
  16. Karl Marx with Max Webber;
  17. Mammals and Reptiles;
  18. Microsoft's Zune and Apple's iPod;
  19. Online Teaching and Traditional Teaching;
  20. Physical beauty to inner beauty;
  21. Playing Xbox games to playing baseball out in the fields;
  22. Pollution in United States and Pollution in China;
  23. Population in China and Population in India;
  24. Poverty to paranoia;
  25. Poverty to richness;
  26. Reality TV shows to high school;
  27. Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting;
  28. School bullies to dictators;
  29. SRAM to DRAM;
  30. The 1970s to another decade;
  31. The Battle Hymn of the Republic to "God Bless the USA";
  32. The car you own and the car you dream of owning;
  33. The influence of celebrities to the influence of parents;
  34. The influence of music to the influence of Internet;
  35. The life of a horse to the life of a cat;
  36. The Pop Culture in the 1960s and the Pop Culture in the 1990s;
  37. The Sound of Music (movie) to The Diary of Anne Frank;
  38. The Sound of Music (movie) to The Parent Trap;
  39. The Star Spangled Banner to "American Pie" (the song);
  40. The Wizard of Oz to Huckleberry Finn;
  41. The World War I and the World War II;
  42. Two approaches to parenting;
  43. Two perspectives on the same place: morning and night;
  44. Two pets in the same household;
  45. Two pieces of technology or equipment that you tried;
  46. Two places that are special for you in various ways;
  47. Two stages of a person's life;
  48. Two ways of losing weight: one healthy, the other dangerous;
  49. Volcanoes and Earthquakes;
  50. Weeds to flowers;
  51. William Shakespeare with William Wordsworth;
  52. Your best birthday to your worst birthday;
  53. Your happiest day to your saddest day;
  54. A big college campus to a small college campus;
  55. A female friend and a male friend;
  56. A good boss and a bad boss;
  57. A real vacation and a dream vacation;
  58. A starting pitcher and a reliever;
  59. An active student and a passive student;
  60. An online class compared to a traditional class;
  61. Being a teen to being a toddler;
  62. Being grounded to being in jail;
  63. Being rich to being famous;
  64. Camping in the deep woods to sleeping in a motel;
  65. Comparing Harry Potter with Lord of the Rings;
  66. Creationism vs. Evolutionism;
  67. Facebook vs. Twitter;
  68. Hurricanes and Blizzards;
  69. Inventions vs. Discoveries;
  70. Jungle animals and dessert animals;
  71. Kindle vs. Nook;
  72. Living on a farm to living in the city;
  73. Living on campus and living off campus;
  74. Making an apple pie to making a mud pie;
  75. Nascar to Formula One;
  76. Physical beauty to inner beauty;
  77. Pride and Prejudice with Sense and Sensibility;
  78. Reality TV shows to high school;
  79. Reservation Quota vs. Equal Opportunity;
  80. Riding a roller coaster to loving somebody;
  81. Romeo and Juliet with Much Ado About Nothing;
  82. Snowfall and Rainfall;
  83. Talking to your mom and talking to your friends;
  84. Television advertising and Print Advertising;
  85. The benefits of cold to the benefits of heat;
  86. The influence of celebrities to the influence of parents;
  87. The life of a dog to the life of a cat;
  88. The Toyota Camry hybrid and the Camry sedan;
  89. Two candidates competing for public office;
  90. Two fast-food restaurants;
  91. Two perspectives on the same place: morning and night;
  92. Two pets in the same household;
  93. Two stages of a person's life;
  94. Two ways of losing weight: one healthy, the other dangerous;
  95. Warm weather vacations and cold weather vacations;
  96. Washing dishes to washing laundry;
  97. Windows vs. Linux;
  98. Working as a waitress to working as a flight attendant;
  99. Your experiences before and after giving up a bad habit;
  100. Your family home and the house of your dreams.