Saturday, 5 February 2011

learning about denotation and connotation

The denotation of this example is a red rose with a green stem. The connotation is that is a symbol of passion and love—this is what the rose represents.
The skull represents death.

 Denotation and connotation are very important when you analyse things.

Denotation is the first level of analysis: What the audience can visually see on a page. Denotation often refers to something literal, and avoids being a metaphor.It is usually coupled with connotation, which is the second level of analysis, being what the denotation represents.

Connotation is a subjective cultural and/or emotional coloration in addition to the explicit or denotative meaning of any specific word or phrase in a language.

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