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. These concepts whether they are words, clauses or sentences may be drawn from different sources and juxtaposed to form a literary collage.
This literary device is usually used for etching out a character in detail, creating suspense or lending a rhetorical effect. Therefore, a writer can make readers sense "goodness" in a particular character by placing him or her side by side to a character that is predominantly "evil". Consequently, goodness in one character is highlighted by evil in the other character. Besides, juxtaposition in this case is useful in the development of characters. For example, in epic poem Paradise Lost,writer John Milton used juxtaposition to draw a parallel between the two protagonists, Satan and God, who he discusses by placing their traits in comparison with one another to highlight their differences.
Meaning: We often think of weakness and frailty when we think of someone who is close to death, yet the speaker in this poem calls upon his father's manhood and virility even to fight for life and put off death as long as possible. This is a juxtaposition because it places the action of rage and struggle against the action of lying down for death.
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.
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