Charles Dickens uses the technique of juxtaposition in the opening line of his novel “A Tale of Two Cities”:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…”
In order to give us an idea of the factors responsible for the French Revolution, Dickens uses Juxtaposition throughout the novel in which the have not’s and the haves are put side by side to highlight the presence of severe inequality and lack of agreement in the French society that result in the way for the revolution. By examining the given juxtaposition, readers can vividly imagine the involving disaster before the revolution and understand its necessities.
Juxtaposition used in a sentence:
She noticed my supplies scattered all over the floor and instantly picked it up and handed them to me.Minutes later, the same girl aggressively kicked the school textbook across the class room floor.