compare and contrast essay


Richard Gust
Ms. Fink
English 10
Tuesday, March 18, 1997
COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY

The two stories “Dead Poets Society” and “Day of the Last Rock Fight” have
many similarities and differences as do cows and horses. They both walk on four legs, they are
both mammals, and they both live on a farm. They also have differences in appearances, eating
habits, and body functions. In this essay you will learn about many similarities and differences
between the two stories. The stories “Dead Poets Society” and “Day of the Last Rock Fight”
have similarities and differences.
In the two stories there are differences which include the schools the children go
to. In “Day of the Last Rock Fight” there schools are k-8th grade where it is all college kids in the
other story. The students in “Dead Poets Society” go to school and live on campus. In “Day of
the Last Rock Fight” they go to school eight class periods and come home. The similarities are
both schools are all boys. Both of the schools have a conflict and could see girls when they didn’t
have school.
The deaths in the two stories also differ. In “Dead Poets Society” there is 1 suicide
and in “Day of the Last Rock Fight” there is 1 suicide and 1 murder. The suicide in “Day of the
Last Rock Fight” is due to the fact that the cops found that Peter murdered the bully. And in
“Dead Poets Society” it was because of pressure from the family. The father wanted him to be
something that he didn’t want for himself. The similarity is that all of these deaths could have been
prevented by listening to each other and talking to each other.
And finally there were similarities and differences in the activities they were into.
The two stories differ because in “Dead Poets Society” the students snuck out to read poetry and
in “Day of the Last Rock Fight” they went off to have rock fights. The poetry in “Dead Poets
Society” was harmless, it couldn’t hurt anyone, but in the rock fights someone could have lost an
eye or even a life. They were the same because they both had to sneek off in the stories to do the
illegal activities. When the teachers found about what was going on in “Day of the Last Rock
Fight”, Ronnie lied to cover his buddy. While in “Dead Poets Society” the students told the truth
and went along with it in fear of being kicked out of the school.
There are alot of similarities and differences in “Dead Poets Society” and “Day of the Last
Rock Fight”. The two stories were just compared as a cow and a horse could be compared. The
two stories were very similar yet at the same time very different. By doing an exercise like this, it
can open your mind to how different two things are, but if you look a little deeper, it can be very
similar.

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