Juxtaposition is a literary device wherein the author places a person, concept, place, idea or theme parallel to another. The purpose of juxtaposing two directly or indirectly related entities close together in literature is to highlight the contrast between the two and compare them. This literary device is usually used for etching out a character in detail, creating suspense or lending a rhetorical effect.

In Paradise Lost, Milton has used juxtaposition to draw a parallel between the two protagonists, Satan and God, who he discusses by placing their traits in comparison with one another to highlight their differences.

41 thoughts on “Juxtaposition”

  1. Is this juxtaposition?
    “If boys want to make a bakery instead of a factory, they’ll be able to do that too”.

    Thank you.

    1. no, the closest thing I could compare that to is a oxymoron. A juxtaposition is more like comparing and contrasting two things, i.e. God and Satan

  2. is this juxtaposition?
    “the names of the dead went unrecorded, their lives only traded in whispers. ”
    dead and lives are opposite so idk

    1. Despite the other comment, I think that yes, that quote is an example of juxtaposition, and for the reason that you mentioned.

  3. One example to understanding a juxtaposition was when a movie played a happy tune while showing an extremely sad or upsetting scene.
    In literature, you could use a similar idea such as describing one feeling while using a contrasting mood.

    1. My grandson and I watched Murder in Paradise – juxtaposition there – but the biggest juxtaposition is seeing a brutal murder scene at the opening of the show followed by the jaunty Caribbean music along with the gorgeous sun-drenched scene that plays the credits! We would just LOOK at one another and shake our heads.

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