Make sure that your thesis signals both your purpose in comparing the two essays and the basis for comparison that you have chosen. You may find that the Discussion Questions that follow each essay are useful in helping you identify the thesis, main ideas, rhetorical strategies, and supporting details used in the essays.
- Choose a basis for comparison and write a comparison of the approaches to the relationship between youth employment and the economy presented in "Can Generation Xers Be Trained?" (page 509) and "The Sweet Bird of Youth Is Showing Signs of Age" (page 520).
- Compare the way in which the authors use detail to explore the importance of one of the following: family, work, cultural practice, or cultural identity in the two essays "Memories of Montreal-and Richness" (page 150) and "Lend Me Your Light" (page 153).