Learn English – the relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox?


Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox".

I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated.

I tried to understand them. Oxymorons are like a phrase that consists of words that have an opposite meaning. Like Jumbo Shrimp.

Paradoxes are like things are don't really make sense, but have a somewhat true deeper underlying meaning.

And juxtaposition was to broad and confusing for me to learn.

Best Answer

Juxtaposition is a term for the placement of two things close together for simultaneous examination (and contrasting effect).

Oxymoron relies on the juxtaposition of two words that have conflicting meanings that would normally negate each other Jumbo shrimp was an excellent example of this. A more tongue-in-cheek example is military intelligence.

Paradox is more of a logical device than a literary device in which two or more axiomatically true items are juxtaposed to be in contradiction to one another. Unlike an oxymoron, it does not have to be based solely on the literary meaning of those terms.

There is a classic religious paradox, namely, Can God create a substance so heavy that He Himself could not lift it? The paradox being an omnipotent being can lift anything, because he is omnipotent; he can also create anything because he is omnipotent. So, how can both states be true simultaneously. The answer: they can't. But, which one is untrue? You cannot say, because, both parts are axiomatic and untestable.

Oh, and, do your own homework next time!!!! :-P

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