The source of every living thing

Comparing a cell to a prison


Cells are the basic building blocks for all living things. Living things can be made up of only a single cell to a million cells. All cells have an outer membrane that acts as a covering to the cell. The internal structures of a cell allows it to grow, reproduce and use energy. Each and every cell has a nucleus which is the "brain" of the cell, telling it what to do.

As you read on you will find out how the functions of a cell relate to the functions of jail.


As you have read above, these are just some parts of animal and plant cells. although animal and plant cells have some things in common, they also have some differences that differentiate them from one another.

Plant Cell

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Animal Cell

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Plant Vs. Animal cells

As you can see form the two pictures above, plants and animal cells have 3 main differences between that differentiate them from each other.

1. In a plant cell there is a cell wall, unlike in an animal cell were there is no cell wall. The cell wall in a plant cell protects the cell and the contents inside and helps keep the cells shape straight, stiff and hard, keeping the cell in place.

2. Another difference it that animal cells don't have chloroplasts were as a plant cell does. The chloroplast (in a plant cell) is where photosynthesis happens where the plant makes food from sunlight.

3. The last but not least difference between a plant and animal cell is that a plant cell has vacuoles. Vacuoles store food, water, waste products and other materials. They also keep the cell membrane strong and help keep the adult plant up right.