Denotation and Connotation

November 2, 2008 at 8:16 pm (Virtual Idea Notebook)

            Denotation and Connotation are opposites. Denotation is the literal meaning of an object, word, or phrase. Denotation is very simple, straight forward, and to the point. An example of denotation would be a picture of a heart. I would be safe to say that everyone would know that it was a heart if they looked at it. Connotation comes into play after this. Connotation is the description and meaning of an object, word, or phrase. If shown the same heart, people could say that a heart means love or romance. What needs to be understood about connotation is that it does not necessarily have a correct answer. With connotation, people can come up with their own ideas about what something means. One could use their opinion about the meaning of something and be completely correct.  I have included a picture of a heart to represent denotation. It is a heart, nothing more, nothing less. I have also included a picture of a cross. It represents connotation. It is in no means just a cross. It represents Christianity, forgiveness, and Jesus. Everything can be translated both in connotative and denotative terms.

  

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