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Is this antithesis?

" rain, except its not raining..."

"Like a radio or something, but its not a radio..."

"...all very civilized, except this isn't civilization."

examples taken from The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien

  • english -

    I suppose. But they'd be more recognizable if actual words were used instead of just "not ... "

    civilized -- rude, ill-mannered, impolite

    rain -- drought

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