Examples of juxtaposition

The most common are foils, antitheses, and oxymorons. These are characters whose personalities, backgrounds, or ideas contrast with one another.
  • Old with the new: If you've ever visited Rome, you might have noticed that the ancient Colosseum still stands tall and proud. But, not too far away, there are graffiti-ridden buildings. The two stand in total contrast to one another.
  • Happily or unhappily married: Have you ever gone out to eat and noticed different couples at their tables? Perhaps one couple is sitting side by side in a booth, talking quietly and closely. Beside them might be a couple sitting across from one another, with sour looks on their faces and cell phones in hand. Married life isn't always perfect.
  • Good Night by Dylan Thomas

Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. / Do not go gentle into that good night. / Rage, rage against the dying of the light. / Do not Go Gentle into that.

Here, Thomas is juxtaposing the struggle for life and the acceptance of death. Death is often referred to as darkness and we see that here with the "dying of the light."

- The Godfather

When Michael Corleone's son is being baptized, this vision of family love is juxtaposed with violent murders being carried out at Michael's command. This perfectly demonstrates the complex nature of Michael's character.