Juxtaposition: placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.

Juxtaposition is a wonderful concept.

A notable juxtaposition moment for me is at the end of the film, The Last of the Mohicans. The music is a Celtic folk melody interwoven with the hauntingly beautiful theme. This is set against the violent action of the scene when the antagonist and his cohorts drag the heroine up the mountainside hotly pursued by the protagonists. By placing together the concepts of violence and beauty, the urgency of the chase and viciousness of the attacks that ensue are heightened. I have watched the movie only once, but that vivid scene remains with me.

juxtaposition3When my daughter and granddaughter, with the sun setting behind them, walked hand in hand over the crest of the hill juxtaposed with the telephone and light poles and wires, cars, buildings and rubbish bins, I could not help but note the contrasts. Mother and daughter, nature versus man, light and dark, mature/immature. It is precious to see the mother/daughter relationship in full bloom; a relationship in which the daughter feels safe and free to express her feelings and her thoughts and where, under the watchful eye of her mother, she can develop her personality and become the person God would have her be.The same can be said of the mother/son relationship. A similar image a couple of years earlier shows the same notion and contrast, that a mother can lead her son to become a whole person, who is unhindered in the expression of his ideas and one who recognises his wonderful heritage in the Lord.

My granddaughter and grandson will one day, God willing, be parents who will follow the legacy of their parents and lead their own children to appreciate the juxtapositions of life.


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