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Literary devices. Paradox, Juxtaposition, Parallelism. Paradox. A paradox is a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

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literary devices

Literary devices

Paradox, Juxtaposition, Parallelism

paradox
Paradox
  • A paradox is a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
  • It often contains two statements that are both true, but in general, cannot both be true at the same time, creating a self-contradicting statement.
for example
For Example…
  • If someone says to you "I\'m a compulsive liar," do you believe them or not? That statement in itself is a paradox, because it is self contradictory, which is precisely what a paradox is.
  • Nobody goes to that restaurant because it is too crowded.
  • Deep down, you’re really shallow.
juxtaposition
Juxtaposition
  • Juxtaposition is a literary technique in which two or more ideas, places, characters and their actions etc. are placed side by side in a narrative or a poem for the purpose of developing comparisons and contrasts.
for example1
For Example…
  • If a waiter served you a whole fish and a scoop of chocolate ice cream on the same plate, your surprise might be caused by the juxtaposition, or the side-by-side contrast, of the two foods.
  • A funeral mourner telling jokes graveside, the juxtaposition in this case is between grief and humor.
parallelism
PARALLELISM
  • Refers to using elements in sentences that are grammatically similar or identical in structure, sound, meaning, or meter. This technique adds symmetry, effectiveness and balance to the written piece.
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For example…
  • This is not only just what I wanted, but also just what I needed.
  • The escaped criminal was wanted dead or alive.
  • What goes around comes around.
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