Oskar tries to prove he can learn to read by memorizing the beginning of "A Tale of Two Cities." He brings attention not only to the beautiful juxtaposition of the prose but also the fact that he memorized the excerpt instead of learning how to read.
Danny's squad learns of Danny's interest in poetry then urges him to share with them a sample of his writing. Danny incorporates juxtapositon and rhyming in his poem, which is about an airman forseeing his death.
The juxtaposition of fantastical and escapist television programs is compared with the rise of television journalism, which, during the sixties, covered wide-ranging controversial and politicized events as they happened.