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Paradox



Paradox Definition: an apparently contradictory statement that nonetheless expresses a true idea


Authors use paradoxes to prompt a reader to think about the complications that accompany characters’ dilemmas, and themes that occur in real life. Since paradoxes are both true and untrue at the same time, they are often unable to exist harmoniously together, and their existence doesn’t always allow for a smooth resolution.
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Notable Examples in Literature

“O serpent heart hid with a flowering face!
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?
Beautiful tyrant! Fiend angelical!
Dove-feathered raven, wolvish-ravening lamb!”


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