Paradox

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example of paradox

the child is the father of man by Wordsworth

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 19:27
is the awsnser to this

is the awsnser to this question no

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:34
this statement is false

this statement is false

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/10/2014 - 16:34
it depends on what your

it depends on what your definition of the word it is.

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 23:00
Paradox

Is a shadow of a shadow one?

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 03/18/2014 - 02:19
Fletcher's paradox

In the arrow paradox, Zeno states that for motion to be occurring, an object must change the position which it occupies. He gives an example of an arrow in flight. He states that in any one instant of time, for the arrow to be moving it must either move to where it is, or it must move to where it is not. It cannot move to where it is not, because this is a single instant, and it cannot move to where it is because it is already there. In other words, in any instant of time there is no motion occurring, because an instant is a snapshot. Therefore, if it cannot move in a single instant it cannot move in any instant, making any motion impossible. This paradox is also known as the fletcher’s paradox—a fletcher being a maker of arrows.
Whereas the first two paradoxes presented divide space, this paradox starts by dividing time – and not into segments, but into points.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:01
Schrödinger's Cat

A classic example of paradox involves Schrödinger's cat. Look it up if this statement doesn't make sense:

Wanted: Schrödinger's cat. Dead and alive.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/02/2014 - 23:08
Macbeth

"Lesser but greater than"

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/25/2014 - 19:30
paradox

thanks

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 19:12
Paradox

My advice to you, is to never listen to other people's advice.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/16/2013 - 20:42
it makes sense, but if you

it makes sense, but if you were to never listen to peoples advice then you would not listen to this advice but if you listen to this advice it tells you not to listen to peoples advice which then leads you to not listen to this advice which means you're listening to this advice which means you're not listing to peoples advice which means you're ignoring this advice by listening to this advice, so on and so forth and what have you.......I'll tell you what have you, a paradox is what you have?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/06/2014 - 00:01
Personalism

The key expression of this personalism: "Man cannot fully find himself except through a sincere gift of himself"

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 09/26/2013 - 16:19
Is this one

Is this a paradox 'the closer it came, the smaller it got'

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 19:30
Not really, it could be

Not really, it could be getting smaller for different reasons, so it may or may not be a paradox.
However:
The closer it got the farther away it seemed
is the typical paradox.
Typically it completely depends on how it's being used.

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 11:38
Yes it is. When things come

Yes it is. When things come closer, they're supposed to appear bigger.

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 02/01/2014 - 01:35
Everyone called John is liar.

Everyone called John is liar.

- John

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/30/2013 - 18:29
Not a Paradox

This John may be the only John that lies. Other Johns may or may not be liars.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:35
Romeo and Juliet?

Would this be an example?: "Affliction is enamour’d of thy parts," (Romeo and Juliet, Act 3 Scene 3)

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 06/04/2013 - 02:53
ex

You can save money by spending it.
I'm nobody.
"What a pity that youth must be wasted on the young." - George Bernard Shaw
Wise fool
Bittersweet
"I can resist anything but temptation."-Oscar Wilde
I'm a compulsive liar- am I lying when I say that?
A rich man is no richer than a poor man.
Nobody goes to that restaurant because it is too crowded.
You shouldn't go in the water until you know how to swim.
If you didn't get this message, call me.
The person who wrote something so stupid can't write at all
Men work together whether they work together or apart. - Robert Frost
Be cruel to be kind
The beginning of the end
Drowning in the fountain of eternal life
Deep down, you're really shallow.
Paradox in Literature

Have a better idea of what a paradox is now? Let's continue on to some larger examples of paradox that appear in works of literature. In doing so, examining their purpose will become an important part of the process.

In George Orwell's Animal Farm, the words "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others" are part of the cardinal rules. Clearly this statement does not make logical sense. However, the point of a paradox is to point out a truth, even if the statements contradict each other.

Orwell is trying to make some sort of political statement here. Perhaps it is that the government claims that everyone is equal when that is clearly false, or perhaps it is that individuals have skewed perceptions of what it means to be equal. The interpretation is up to the reader to decide.

In Shakespeare's Hamlet, the title character states "I must be cruel to be kind." On the surface, once again, this statement does not seem to make much sense. Can an individual convey kindness through evil?

However, Hamlet is speaking about his mother, and how he plans to ultimately slay Claudius in order to avenge his father's death. His mother is now married to Claudius, so of course this will be a tragedy for her. However, he does not want his mother to be the lover of his father's murderer (unbeknownst to her) any longer, and so he believes the murder will be for her own good.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 18:23
Clever i like it!

Clever i like it!

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 00:06
Amazing

Thank you so much :)

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 14:47
Example?

would this be one?- her strong hands gently caressed the dough

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 01:08
that is an oxymoron

that is an oxymoron

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 11/17/2013 - 18:07
It would be "he roughly

It would be "he roughly caressed the dough"

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 01/25/2014 - 06:57
its neither

you're both wrong

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/29/2013 - 00:45
What's the difference between

What's the difference between PARADOX and JUXTAPOSITION then ?!
haha i have an IGCSE literature paper toooodaaaayyy :/

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 07:56
This isn't a paradox

This isn't a paradox but:

'What is wrong with this statement?'

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 18:44
its a question not a

its a question not a statement :p

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 04:35
yes or no?

answer the next question with yes or no.
is the next word you are going to say no?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:55
Nice

I was about to say indifferent. I realize that's not an option here.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:37
hahahahahaha thnx

hahahahahaha thnx

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 01:01
paradox or oxymoron?

His face was the face of a student-thin and ascetic, but his eyes had the cold gleam of a fanatic.
Is this a literary device altogether?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:07
that's from the gentle rain,

that's from the gentle rain, right?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 03:18
Aren't there different types

Aren't there different types of paradoxes? (Paradoxi?) I suppose I'm thinking more in terms of sci-fi paradoxes, but there's the predestination paradox for one. I can't think of others off the top of my head.

Or maybe sci-fi paradoxes are completely different from literary paradoxes?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 01:54
Examples of a paradox

"Ignorance is strength"

"Freedom is slavery"

"War is peace"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 14:55
example

The next sentence is false. The last sentece was true.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 05:44
Lol

This statement is false.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:39
Hahahaha

Hahahaha

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 06:17
Literary Term?

What is it called when characters switch roles? Like if a mother figure turns childlike and the child turns in to a mother figure?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 01:43
example

when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 18:14
example ?

A gun doesnt make you a badman, living in the ghetto doesnt make you a thug
is that correct ?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 02:20
paradox vs juxtaposition

In Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, there are two things I'm unsure of. Paul Farmer says "Not to isolate them would be a violation of human rights!" What would that be considered as? Paradox? Juxtaposition? Something else? Also,Jim Kim says, "Paul is a model of what should be done. He's not a model for how it has to be done." What device is this, if it is one?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 17:49
Great Paradox

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 02:35
Ha! I didn't even realize

Ha! I didn't even realize that was a paradox until you said that. Mindblown! XD

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 19:19
paradox

is 'an ugly flower' a paradox?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 02:08
yes

yes

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:27
Re: paradox

No, it's an oxymoron. It's only a pair of words.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 06:46
Re: Re: paradox

To add information, a flower is usually pretty. If you add a negative connotation in there, the pair of words contradicts with each other.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 22:19
Paradox verses allegory what is the difference

What is the difference between the two?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 04:31
oxymoron vs. paradox

How is oxymoron and paradox different?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 16:50

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