What is Juxtaposition?

What is Juxtaposition

Two incongruous ideas appearing side by side. For instance, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature in the story learns English from John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

Because of this, his elevated and intelligent language is juxtaposed with his grotesque appearance.

Its Effect

Use juxtaposition to:

  • Compare your protagonist to your antagonist
  • Create suspense by inserting a situation or a character into an incongruous setting that  induces fear — maybe a group of children prepared to sing for their parents take a wrong turn backstage and wind up locked in a scary room

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