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    ze2000 is offline Just Joined
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    oxymoron confusion

    Hi!
    I'm writing an essay and having a hard time deciding if a sentence in my thesis is an oxymoron, or straight up does not make sense.

    MY THESIS:
    “Axis” by Alice Munro, a short story revolving around the lives of Avie and Grace, serves as a highly suitable piece of literature for feminist criticism. This is due to Munro’s writing, which contains subtle yet profound emphasis on society's beliefs about the nature and functions of women spanning 50 years and the tension between the two genders. An analysis through a feminist lens can be made by examining conflicts, irony, and symbols.

    Is the bolded part simply an oxymoron that is confusing me? or is it plain wrong to call emphasis "subtle yet profound". I'm trying to explain to my teacher that the text contains clues about feminine criticism.

    Thank you for your help.

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    Re: oxymoron confusion

    I would use a at the start of the phrase, and do not see subtlety as a contradictory quality of profundity.

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    Re: oxymoron confusion

    I read it that you are asking about whether "subtle yet profound" and "emphasis" are oxymoronic, on the grounds that if the author is giving emphasis to it, then it isn't subtle. I'd agree. I would say something like "subtle yet profound observations".
    Last edited by Raymott; 06-Jul-2017 at 23:15. Reason: missing word

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