Juxtaposition involves placing two contrasting things or ideas side by side to highlight their differences or similarities. Juxtaposition can be used to create irony, tension, or humor, or to highlight social or political commentary. It can be used to compare and contrast characters, settings, themes, or ideas.

Examples of juxtaposition:

In “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger, the main character Holden Caulfield is described as both cynical and idealistic, which creates a juxtaposition of conflicting personality traits.

In “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the juxtaposition of the extravagant parties of the wealthy and the poverty of the working class highlights the stark social and economic inequalities of the time.

In William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the juxtaposition of love and hate highlights the tragic nature of the play, as the intense love between the two main characters is contrasted with the deep-seated hatred between their families.

In the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost, the juxtaposition of two paths in a yellow wood creates a metaphor for the choices we make in life.



5 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. not really because it’s not comparing them it’s just saying options that they could do
      but that just my opinion and who cares about opinion these days

  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. No, a juxtaposition would be like ‘the dead lay silent unrecorded, as the living went about making their mark’

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