I'm working on a portfolio project for English. How could I create an illustration/image to show an example of paradox in Romeo and Juliet?
A paradox is an apparent contradiction that is nonetheless true. A situation can be paradoxical, as can a statement. Further, an oxymoron is basically a compact paradox, the combination of incongruous or opposing words. In the first scene, Romeo gives voice to a great many paradoxes and oxymorons in an attempt to capture his warring feelings about love. He says, in part,
Why then, O brawling love, O loving hate,O anything of nothing first created!O heavy lightness, serious vanity,Misshapen chaos of well-seeming forms!Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health,Still-waking sleep, that is not what it is! (1.1.166-171)