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What is the difference between Juxtaposition and Oxymoron?

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E. Reyes

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E. Reyes, Builder, graduate, Birmingham

Answered Dec 03, 2020

Juxtaposition is a figure of speech utilized by authors, as it places two abstract thoughts and close to each other in their composition. It leaves the reader to draw their individual conclusions. These are words mean different things, but they are not always placed side by side. An example of this is the yin yang symbol, which stands in contrast, but the two complement each other.

On the other hand, an oxymoron is a juxtaposition where the author puts two words together with opposite meanings. For example, icy hot is an oxymoron because frozen is the opposite of burning, which creates irony within the sentence. The living dead is another excellent example of this. Quite often, juxtapositions and oxymorons are placed in a story to add flowery language to the text.

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Maxence

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Answered Nov 27, 2020

There are two figures of speech that are often compared to each other. They are juxtaposition and oxymoron. When you are doing juxtaposition, this means that you are pairing two different objects and there are some things that may be similar or different about these two objects. When you say oxymoron, there may be two statements that are placed together that would have an entirely different meaning as compared to when the two words are separated. For example, when you say “pretty ugly,” this is a type of oxymoron. An oxymoron is actually a type of juxtaposition.
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N. Kingsley

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Answered Aug 06, 2020

Oxymoron is a kind of juxtaposition where the author puts the opposite meaning of two words side by side, and this is done to create a particular element of irony.

For example, the phrase “deafening silence” is an oxymoron, just as “love-hate” is an oxymoron as well. An oxymoron is when someone presents an idea that contrasts what the first word in the phrase says.

Juxtaposition, on the other hand, is a figure of speech used to place abstract concepts close to each other in composition, which allows the reader to create their meaning. These are words that, while contradictory, are not always placed side by side. For example, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” said Charles Dickens, is a juxtaposition.

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W. Kaye

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W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Aug 04, 2020

Some people tend to become confused with the differences between oxymoron and juxtaposition because they seem to be the same in the beginning. When you say juxtaposition, you are referring to the things that are placed together for the examination. This means that you would need to contrast each other.

When you say oxymoron, this means that the two things that are being compared together are highly different from each other, so this means that they will be negating each other. For example, when you say the term “known secret,” this is an oxymoron because a secret is supposed to not be known, but the fact that it is makes it an oxymoron.

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C.Charlotte

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Answered Jul 31, 2020

The English language includes many figures of speech. Two of those are Juxtaposition and oxymorons. They are commonly used in the works of literature to create colorful language, which makes the literature flow. A juxtaposition is used to place things side by side that are compared and contrasted. It can be used to describe characters, as well as settings. An example is using chaos and calm side by side, as they mean different things. An oxymoron is a type of juxtaposition. An example of an oxymoron is "alone together," which is describing how two people are together and alone at the same time.
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