Parataxis Examples


Parataxis refers to phrases or clauses that are placed "side by side" or "additive" way. This can be done with or without conjunctions. The idea is that each clause is independent instead of subordinating any of them to the other.

Examples of Parataxis:

I came, I saw, I conquered. Shakespeare's Julius Caesar

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. The Bible

Manuel drank his brandy. He felt sleepy himself. It was too hot to go out into the town. Besides there was nothing to do. He wanted to see Zurito. He would go to sleep while he waited. Ernest Hemingway's "Men Without Women"

"'Come along, then,' said he of the green coat, lugging Mr. Pickwick after him by main force, and talking the whole way. 'Here, No. 924, take your fare, and take yourself off-respectable gentleman-know him well-none of your nonsense-this way, sir-where's your friends?-all a mistake, I see-never mind-accidents will happen-best regulated families-never say die-down upon your luck-Pull him UP-Put that in his pipe-like the flavour-damned rascals.' And with a lengthened string of similar broken sentences, delivered with extraordinary volubility, the stranger led the way to the traveller's waiting-room, whither he was closely followed by Mr. Pickwick and his disciples." Charles Dickens' Pickwick Papers

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