Chapter 12: “How to Discuss Two Texts in One Essay”

“So if you want to sidestep the beige badge of mediocrity, here is the one thesis you must avoid when writing an essay that responds to two different texts:
__X__ is similar to __Y__, yet different.
This insipid thesis says to your reader, “I would much rather be playing Frisbee golf.”

Try this thesis instead.
__X__ and __Y__ share significant ideological similarities/differences, but, taken together, they suggest __Z__.”