Jesus presents an antithetical situation in verses 38 to 42 when he says to “turn the other cheek” instead of retaliating against an offender.
In verses 43 to 47, examples of antithesis include love and hate, neighbors and enemies, the righteous and unrighteous, and evil and good.
In Matthew , Jesus says that he’s not going to abolish the law, but will fulfill it.
Verses 21 through 26 discuss remedying anger with reconciliation instead of revenge.
Antithesis is the use of two contrasting or opposite elements or ideas in a sentence, stanza or story.
Authors use antithesis in literature to establish a relationship between two ideas or characters.
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In Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid," the Little Mermaid lives under the sea while the prince she loves lives on land. We notice e-book readers, we don't notice books.” Examples of antithesis in this statement are the things that do work and things that don’t work, as well as the characters seeing e-book readers, but not books.
In the book “The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time,” Douglas Adams writes, “We notice things that don't work. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens starts out: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” In this opening paragraph, Dickens uses antithesis, for example, when he talks about good and bad times, an age of wisdom and foolishness, a season of light and darkness, hope and despair, having everything and nothing, and going to heaven or “the other way.” In the fifth chapter of the Book of Matthew, Jesus presents antitheses throughout the Sermon on the Mount.