A paradox is a figure of speech in which a statement appears to contradict itself.
Paradox is important to literature as it serves various purposes such as serving as a means of defining the contradictions of being human. when used in a character in a story it gives them more interesting. paradox is utilized far more often in fiction writing than we realize.
In comics for instance, the Batman villain called the Riddler always feels compelled to tell the truth, even though it hides it in the form of a riddle. Batman himself is also a paradox; he is called the dark knight, dressed like a creature of terror but his actions are that of a savior.
Examples of paradox:
- If you want peace, prepare for war.
- The fastest way to get there is by foot.
- Ignorance is bliss.