Strange Fruit Juxtaposition

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In “Strange Fruit” the author’s, Abel Meeropol, use of juxtaposition contrasts the alluring nature of the south with the twisted picture of a lynched African-American body, to emphasize the severity of lynching during the mid 1900s. An example of juxtaposition is the line, “Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh/and the sudden smell of burning flesh!” (7/8). While magnolias are flowers that have a pleasant smell and connotation, that of burning flesh is quite the opposite, and has a negative connotation and repulsive smell. Another instance is the description of a “black body swinging in the Southern breeze”(3) being compared to a “strange fruit,”(1). Furthermore, the contrasting nature of a delicious and pleasant food with the appalling picture
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