An orange grown in Florida usually has a thick and tightly fitting skin, and is also heavy with juice. Californians say that if you want to eat a Florida orange you have to get into a bathtub first. California oranges are light in weight and have thick skins that break easily and come off in hunks. The flesh inside is marvelously sweet, and the segments almost separate themselves. In Florida, it is said that you can run over a California orange with a ten-ton truck and not even wet the pavement. The differences from which these hyperboles arise will prevail in the two states even if the type of orange is the same. In arid climates, like California's, oranges develop a thick albedo, which is the white part of the skin. Florida is one of the two or three most rained-upon states in the United States. California uses the Colorado River and similarly impressive sources to irrigate its oranges, but of course irrigation can only do so much. The annual difference in rainfall between the Florida and California orange-growing areas is one million one hundred and forty thousand gallons per acre. For years, California was the leading orange-growing state, but Florida surpassed California in 1942, and grows three times as many oranges now. California oranges, for their part , can safely be called three times as beautiful.
In academic writing,
comparison and contrast is particularly
because it enables you to see familiar things in new ways. "Common
sense" says that two things are the same, but a careful comparison and
contrast demonstrates their important differences. That same common
sense may say that two things are totally incompatible, but when you
and contrast them systematically, you discover their affinities. Making
comparisons helps student writers make decisions and judgments, both in
planning other papers (see the discussion of synthesis) and in the
theses and interpretations of data and ideas. In addition to helping
you decide which of two or more items is more appropriate or more
comparison can help you think about the unfamiliar by allowing you
contrast it with something you already know.
Key features of a comparison Comparison in everyday life A warning about comparison Preparing to write a paper using comparison
Formulating a comparative thesis Organizing a paper using comparison Peer editing comparisons