Compare And Contrast Essay

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A narrative essay is about storytelling for a narrative story to work it must capture and hold the audience attention you must give a clear understanding of your story. A descriptive essay lets you describe in detail what the essay is all about using words that appeal to your sense of smell, hearing, see, touch, and taste. A descriptive essay lets you use words that describe a person, place, or object. When I compare the author’s narrative essay “Are the Rich Happy?” by Steven Leacock and the author’s descriptive essay “Sister Flowers” by Maya Angelou it is clear that there are many similarities and differences between the two styles of writings. Descriptive essay is the most effective writing. It not only gives the reader a broader perception of the message but also, helps in broadening the mind of the reader. An effective writer does not allow the reader to make conclusive ideas about their work. Narrative essay is evidently, less effective than descriptive essay. It narrows down every item and makes conclusions for the reader.
Descriptive writing is different from narrative writing because it uses vivid language. The descriptive essay I used for my comparison is “Sister Flowers” by Maya Angelou. ” As I ate she began the first of what we later called 'my lessons in living." She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit. That is those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations.”(Angelou, M. n.d.). The narrative essay I chose is “Are the Rich Happy” by Steven Leacock. The narrative essay is different from a descriptive essay because your sense such as smell, touch, sight, hearing. “Let me admit at the outset that I write this essay without adequate material. I have never known, I have never seen, any rich people. Very often I have thought that I had found them. But it turned out that it was not so. They were not rich at all. They were quite poor. They were hard up. They were pushed for money. They didn't know where to turn for ten thousand dollars” (Leacock, S. 1916).
An effective writer paints a picture on the reader’s mind which ensures engaging and captivating the reader (Chesla & Research and Education Association, 2008, p. 165). A descriptive essay has the ability of painting a picture on the reader’s mind with words. Using words, the narrator describes an event, place or an animal hence; captivates the reader such that they are unable to put down what...

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