Demonstrating Contrast

When writing persuasive essays, compare and contrast essays, or any essay that focuses on giving a comprehensive view on a subject, knowing how to contrast your main topic and subtopics with opposing information is important.

In order to fully present your main topic and its components, it is important to show other views that are valid. Usually, these other views are shown to demonstrate which side of the argument or issue is most appropriate to consider.

“There’s a rule of writing: if everything is funny, nothing is funny; if everything is sad, nothing is sad. You want that contrast.” – J. Michael Straczynski

Example of Demonstrating Contrast

Material goods are as easily lost as obtained: malfunctions, loss, theft, and other misfortunes easily affect the material welfare of an individual who connects their happiness only with items they possess.

At the same time, non-material factors of happiness cannot be lost so easily; in most cases, a person must undergo severe psychological pressure or go through various life obstacles to change in a negative way.

Phrases and Words

  • however, …
  • on the other hand, …
  • having said that, …
  • by contrast, …
  • by comparison, …
  • then again, …
  • that said, …
  • yet…
  • at the same time, …
  • nonetheless, …
  • on the contrary, …
  • after all, …
  • though…
  • in contrast…
  • nevertheless, …
  • but…
  • otherwise…
  • notwithstanding…
  • conversely, …
  • instead, …
  • rather…
  • on one hand…
  • on the other hand…
  • a clear difference…
  • a conflicting viewpoint…
  • despite…
  • even so, …
  • for all that…
  • still another…
  • in another way…
  • the antithesis of…
  • still…
  • and yet…
  • of course, …
  • or…
  • in spite of this…
  • actually, …
  • a year ago, …
  • for all that, …
  • strangely enough, …
  • ironically, …

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