A paradox in literature refers to the use of concepts or ideas that are contradictory to one another, yet, when placed together hold significant value on several levels. The uniqueness of paradoxes lies in the fact that a deeper level of meaning and significance is not revealed at first glance, but when it does crystallize, it provides astonishing insight.

High walls make not a palace; full coffers make not a king.

16 thoughts on “Paradox”

  1. If you ask Rick Astley for his copy of the movie Up, he cannot give it to you as he will never give you Up. However, in doing so he lets you down. Thus creating the Astley Paradox.

    1. Antithesis: Two contrasting sentences, not contradicting. A small step for man, a giant step for mankind.
      Oxymoron: Two contrasting words clumped together. Jumbo shrimp, cold fire in his eyes
      Paradox: Contradicting concepts or ideas.

    1. If I’m not wrong, oxymorons are more like two contradicting words clumped together. Example: Jumbo shrimp, cold fire, rich beggar, etc. Paradoxes usually have contradicting, abstract ideas rather than words.

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