Oxymoron, Paradox & Juxtaposition Examples in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Oxymoron 1 Act I, Scene 1 Romeo: O brawling love, O loving hate
Paradox Act I, Scene 1Romeo referring to love: “a choking gall and a preserving sweet”
Paradox 1 Act I , Scene 1Romeo: “Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms”
Oxymoron 2 Act I, Scene 2 Capulet: “Earth-treading stars”; “dark heaven”
Juxtaposition 1 Act I, Scene 4 Romeo’s view of love and dreams vs. Mercutio’s view of love and dreams
Juxtaposition 2 Romeo’s love, tenderness for Juliet vs. Tybalt’s hate and fury at Romeo attending the ballAct I, Scene 5Romeo: “Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!” For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”Tybalt: “This, by his voice, should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier, boy. What, dares the slave … To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.”
Paradox 2 Act I, Scene 5Juliet: “my only love sprung from my only hate”
Juxtaposition 3 Act I, Scene 5Romeo: It seems she hangs upon the cheek of nightAs a rich jewel in an Ethiop’s ear…
Oxymoron 4 Act II, Scene 2Juliet: “loving jealous”Romeo: “sweet sorrow”
Juxtaposition 4 Act II, Scene 5Juliet: Had she affections and warm youthful blood,She would be as swift in motion as a ball…But old folks, many feign as they were dead – Unwieldly, slow, heavy and pale as lead
Oxymoron 5 Act II, Scene 6Friar Lawrence: “violent delights”
Paradox 3 Act III, Scene 2Juliet: “Was ever a book containing such vile manner so fairly bound?”
Paradox 4 Act V, Scene 3Friar Lawrence: “I am the greatest yet able to do least”
Paradox 5 Act V, Scene 3Prince Escalus: “Capulet, Montague,See what a scourge is laid upon your hateThat heaven finds the means to kill your joys with love.”
Oxymoron 6 Act 1 Scene 1Romeo: O heavy lightness. serious vanity
Oxymoron 7 Act 1 Scene 1Romeo: Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health

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