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The three pairs of elements chosen to be compared and contrasted are: Friends and Seinfeld, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, and cats and dogs. In comparing the sitcoms, Friends and Seinfeld, the most interesting difference is the themes of the shows; Seinfeld is famously about “nothing”, while Friends is about the relationships between the cast members. While many of the elements appear similar from afar – they are both comedies that center around a group of friends, these overlying themes, or lack of them, makes their content appear very different in terms of character development and storylines. Similarly, in comparing Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, from afar we see two similar boys: similar age, both popular within their own circles, both wealthy, and both undertaking the same education. However, when we delve in deeper, we see stark differences in their characters and personalities: Draco is selfish, cowardly, bullying, and snobby, while Harry is selfless, brave, compassionate, and friendly. These differences present themselves in the very different storylines and development we see for the characters throughout the series: Harry gradually creates more lasting relationships and fits in with his peers, while Draco gradually isolates himself. We see these stark differences again when we compare cats and dogs as pets. While both cats and dogs are typically family pets that require consistent feeding, grooming, and attention, cats are more independent, while dogs are more dependent on their families. For instance, typically cats can be left alone during the day, while dogs need to be let out and taken care of. In addition to this, dogs are usually more attentive and affectionate towards their owners, while cats exhibit affection as they please. In order to effectively compare these three groups of pairs in compare and contrast format, it is necessary to choose an organizational pattern that works most effectively for each of the pairs. A Point by Point comparison works to compare one point of an element with another, pairwise, throughout the discussion (Bicknell, 2014). In contrast, a Block Method presents all of the facts and supporting details about one topic, before comparing the same information of another (Bicknell, 2014). In comparing the sitcoms Friends and Seinfeld and the pets, Cats and Dogs, it would make the most organizational sense to use the Block Method of comparison, since their similarities and differences are not easily compared on a point by point basis. However, in the case of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy, their characters are nearly opposite each other, allowing for an easy Point by Point comparison.  [“Write my essay for me?” Get help here.]

Block Method Outline of Friends vs Seinfeld
Thesis: While Friends and Seinfeld are both television sitcoms presenting the antics of a group of friends, the differences in the storylines and character development results in drastically different overlying themes.

Paragraph 1: Seinfeld is a television sitcom about a groups of friends going about their day to day lives, famously presented as being about “nothing”, by producers.
Idea 1: Four characters that interact with each other, but do not seem to develop.
Idea 2: Comedy, without underlying storyline.
Idea 3: Theme is “nothing”.

Paragraph 2: Friends is a television sitcom about a group of friends that grow and progress with each other to build stronger relationships and grow as adults.
Idea 1: Six characters that interact with each other and develop.
Idea 2: Comedy, with underlying storyline.
Idea 3: Theme is friendship.

Block Method Outline of Cats vs Dogs
Thesis: While cats and dogs are both typical family pets, the amount of care and attention required for each differs greatly, making them ideal companions for different types of people.

Paragraph 1: Cats are largely independent creatures, who exhibit attention on their own terms, and are happy to be left alone throughout the day.
Idea 1: Cats are independent and interact as they see fit.
Idea 2: Cats can be left alone longer throughout the day.
Idea 3: Cats require little maintenance, besides feeding, cleaning the litter box, and grooming.

Paragraph 2: Dogs are relatively dependent creatures, frequently compared to young children, who rely on their owners for attention, exercise, and all other essential needs.
Idea 1: Dogs are dependent and require daily walks and attention.
Idea 2: Dogs cannot be left unsupervised for long periods of time.
Idea 3: Dogs require constant upkeep and attention.

Point by Point Outline of Harry Potter vs Draco Malfoy
Thesis: While Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy are both pure bred, wealthy, and magical children, they have stark differences in their personalities and characters.

Paragraph 1: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy are both wealthy and pure bred wizards, who exhibit influence on their peers in their respective social circles. [Click Essay Writer to order your essay]
Idea 1: Both are wealthy and pure bred.
Idea 2: Both are popular.

Paragraph 2: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy have drastically different character traits within their social circles.
Idea 1: Harry is selfless, compassionate, and friendly.
Idea 2: Draco is selfish, bullying, and snobby.

Paragraph 3: Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy have very different storylines.
Idea 1: Harry builds relationships and grows closer to his peers and mentors.
Idea 2: Draco becomes isolated and grows away from his peers and mentors.
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Bicknell, M. (2014, September). Compare and Contrast: Explanations and Examples.

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