14Antithesis

Antithesis nedir? Rhetorıcal antithesis örnekleri. Edebiyatta Antithesis kullanımı ve örnekleri. Figure of speech olarak antithesis nedir?

Antithesis nedir?

Antithesis is used in writing or speech either as a proposition that contrasts with or reverses some previously mentioned proposition, or when two opposites are introduced together for contrasting effect.

Antithesis can be defined as “a figure of speech involving a seeming contradiction of ideas, words, clauses, or sentences within a balanced grammatical structure. Parallelism of expression serves to emphasize opposition of ideas”.

An antithesis must always contain two ideas within one statement. The ideas may not be structurally opposite, but they serve to be functionally opposite when comparing two ideas for emphasis.

According to Aristotle, the use of an antithesis makes the audience better understand the point the speaker is trying to make. Further explained, the comparison of two situations or ideas makes choosing the correct one simpler. Aristotle states that antithesis in rhetoric is similar to syllogism due to the presentation of two conclusions within a statement.

Antitheses are used to strengthen an argument by using either exact opposites or simply contrasting ideas, but can also include both. They typically make a sentence more memorable for the reader or listener through balance and emphasis of the words.

Rhetorıcal antıthesıs örneklerı

In rhetoric, antithesis is a figure of speech involving the bringing out of a contrast in the ideas by an obvious contrast in the words, clauses, or sentences, within a parallel grammatical structure.

The term “antithesis” in rhetoric goes back to the 4th century BC, for example Aristotle, Rhetoric, 1410a, in which he gives a series of examples.

An antithesis can be a simple statement contrasting two things, using a parallel structure:

  • I defended the Republic as a young man; I shall not desert her now that I am old. (Cicero2nd Philippic, 2.118)

Often there is a double antithesis, as in the following proverb, where “man” is opposed to “God”, and “proposes” is contrasted with “disposes”:

  • Man proposesGod disposes. (anonymous)

Another type is of the form “not A, but B” (negative-positive), in which the point made is emphasised by first being contrasted with its negative:

  • I came not to bring peace but a sword. (St Matthew’s Gospel, 10:34).

Another type involves a chiasmus (AB, BA word order), in which the contrasted words switch places:

  • In peace you are for war, and in war you long for peace.
  • Two things show feebleness of mind: holding your breath at the time for speaking, and speaking when you should be silent. (Saadi)

The negative-positive antithesis and the chiasmus-antithesis can be combined, as in the following sentence:

Edebiyattan antıthesıs örneklerı

Some other examples of antithesis are:

  • Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice. (William Shakespeare, Hamlet)
  • Many are called, but few are chosen. (Matthew 22:14)
  • Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or smalllarge or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. (by Winston Churchill)
  • 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… (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools. (Martin Luther King, Jr., speech at St. Louis, 1964.)
  • The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. (Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address, 1863.)
  • He who desires peace, should prepare for war. (VegetiusEpitoma Rei Militaris, book 3, introduction.)
  • For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. (St Paul, 1st Epistle to the Corinthians 13:12, King James version)
  • My men have become women, and my womenmen. (King Xerxes at the Battle of Salamis (480 BC), according to Herodotus 8.88.3)
  • Senator, in everything I said about Iraq I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong. (George Galloway at a US Senate hearing, May 2005.)
  • I’m not saying that this or that statue was stolen from there; I’m saying this, that you, Verres, left not one single statue in Aspendus. (Cicero, In Verrem, 2.1.53.)
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. (Martin Luther King, 1963.)

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