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Diction, Connotation & Denotation!

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Ishita Sharma

on 1 October 2013

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Diction, Connotation & Denotation!
3 examples from “real life” (movies, TV, music videos)
Movie- Easy A
TV- Castle
Music Video- Girl On Fire
3 examples from well known literature
3 examples from memoirs:
Diction- How the writer chooses his words or to express something and how the writer pronounces those words or phrases.

Connotation- When the writer writes a word or phrase and it goes much deeper than the literal meaning of the word or phrase.

Denotation- The literal or dictionary definition of a particular word

Some examples of
everyday words we use that suggest connotations.

A dove is used to suggest peace or gentility.

Home is used to suggest family, comfort and security.

Politician has a negative connotation of wicked and insincere person.

Pushy refers to someone loud-mouthed and irritating.

Mom and Dad when used instead of mother and father suggest loving parents.
video explaining the difference Connotation and Denotation
Girl On Fire
Easy A
Example 2
2) An example of denotation can be found in the poetic work of Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall”:

“And on a day we meet to walk the line
And set the wall between us once again.
We keep the wall between us as we go.
To each the boulders that have fallen to each.”

In the above lines, the word “wall” is used to suggest a physical boundary which is its denotative meaning but it also implies the idea of “emotional barrier” which could also be connotation.
Example 3
3) Diction
There is diction throughout The Hunger Games to convey Katniss' shifting attitudes toward the Capitol and the games. When Katniss forms an alliance with Rue, her tone completely shifts from being cynical to a sweet-lyrical tone, full of emotion with an almost song-like quality as she holds the dying young girl. 
The diction in the book helps convey the imagery and author's feelings during the scene.
Example 1
1) The following lines from Shakespeare’s play “As you Like It” use connotation:
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts,”

"A stage” symbolizes the world, “players” suggests human beings and “parts” implies different stages of their lives.
Example 3
3) 16 going on 16 uses Denotation
"I would layer hoodies over my low cut tops from Express and take them off once I got dropped off at school…."
Example 1
1) Connotation from Lost and Found
"…higher and higher until they were looming monsters before my eyes.. They were threatening to swallow me whole."
Example 2
2) Lost and Found "…relief was like the sound of heavy rain pounding on a roof at the end of a drought."
Denotation: a girl lying on the couch

Connotation: the picture could remind people of their own life experiences, so the girl could be crying or sleeping or laughing
by Ishita Sharma & Sophia Kruppa
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