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Juxtaposition Examples

Updated on January 26, 2013

What's juxtaposition?

You may have heared many times this term, juxtaposition, and never new what it means? Before listing some juxtaposition examples, I would like to make a clear, laymen's definition of this concept, so that not only the linguistic experts will understand it.

Juxtaposition is a linguistic tool, used in any written text or any daily conversation, to highlight the distinction, the contrasts and the similitudes and alike attributes of two concepts, thoughts, characters, feelings, objects by placing them together in the context.

I'm sure anyone uses juxtapositions everyday, not even knowing it. You probably said not long ago something like: "She's pretty ugly!"

The expert's definition of juxtaposition looks like this:
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  • an act or instance of placing close together or side by side,especially for comparison or contrast.
  • the state of being close together or side by side.

Juxtaposition Examples in Literature

Shakespeare's works have a great variety of juxtaposition examples, but Romeo and Juliet would be the best representation of how contrasts stand side by side to emphasize the antithesis of the play.

Some examples of juxtaposition are:

  • the young and the old;
  • peasents and aristocrats;
  • romantic Romeo and blazing Tybalt;
  • the quiet whispers of lovers and the loud sounds of the crowds;

Other example of juxtaposition would be John Milton's "Paradise Lost" where it's accentuated the relation between good and evil, God and Satan.

Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" is also loaded with juxtaposition examples:

  • main character Raskolnikov commits murder, although he's presented like a good person, with lots of qualities;
  • he feels guilty all throughout the novel, but still he wouldn't give himself up;
  • he falls in love with a prostitute, that's also presented like a geniune virgin;

Other examples of juxtapositions:

"A child asks his father:
- Father which is right arm?His father responds:
- To know where your right arm is, you must first find out where your left one is, because there is no left without right, up without down, no joy without sorrow, no hill without valley, day without night and no beginning without any end. "

"Forget to remember or remember to forget."

"Building false theories from clever juxtaposition of several half-truths."

The simple positioning of two words or syntactic constructions, without any connectors:

"Johnny, my brother, we're leaving tomorrow!"

"Kill me, I still won't tell!"

"You try it, you buy it!"

Juxtaposition examples in photography

Juxtaposition in photography means putting objects that are similar or contrast in the same frame, by different methods.


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      Randy Durant 3 years ago from Atkinson, New Hampshire

      Hey, depressed...what's your gimmick...and what is "aothen"?

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      depresed 3 years ago

      im not joking, im so depresed.... can someone help me pls? my name is ally, im 14 years old and i look like a skinny rag doll, my best friend died and im an aothen, i have no friend or family, and im a mess, if you have any comment on how to help me, i would love that, not sure how long i have left

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      depresed 3 years ago

      i need help :'(

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      L D 3 years ago

      This sheds a new light on literature

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      4 years ago

      "Never new what it means" or "never knew what it means" should check spelling.....

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      ob molefhe 4 years ago

      thank u very much......realy helped a lot

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      ob molefhe 4 years ago

      thank u very much......realy helped a lot

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      pam 4 years ago

      LOL I found this useful

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      Ninya. 4 years ago

      Thank you so much. It helped me a lot! :)

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      Freakoutgold 4 years ago

      Great....but what could be poetry examples?

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      bronbron85 5 years ago

      chloe stokes you're (not your) stupidly stupid. I mean these examples weren't the best but at least the author tried. I would like to see you do better. Cleverly stupid doesn't count.

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      goitse 5 years ago

      thanks it helpd me a lot in ma assignment

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      D-Box 5 years ago

      Shut up Pete!

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      Anjini 5 years ago

      This is awesome

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      domo gen 5 years ago

      mehh i could have done better

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      Lozza 5 years ago

      This was great. It really helped me understand, thanks so much

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      arjun 5 years ago

      worth reading!!

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      kiddy 5 years ago

      helped a lot thank you SO MUCH !!!!!!!

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      Pete 5 years ago

      Knew...not new. Knew what it means...not new what it means

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      Aila 5 years ago

      Thank you very much. But how is: "Kill me, I won't tell" one?

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      Sgutellme 5 years ago

      These are awesome examples...Thanks!

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      mazda 5 years ago

      i have an english lit exam next week and this helped thanks

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      chloe stokes 5 years ago

      oh..right.. thanks i suppose but it never REALLY cleared what i typed into google but that's not your fault...much love, NOT!!! ps your cleverly stupid pahhhahaahaha

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      amber 5 years ago

      thankyou heaps :)

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      Sam 5 years ago

      Thank you very helpful (????

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      Kate 5 years ago

      Spelling!!!!! Verb tense!!!!

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      Steven 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! Helped a lot! :D

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      lola 5 years ago

      thanks so much!!!!!

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