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Denotation, Connotation, Metaphor vs. Allegory vs. Symbol

Connotation is at the heart of the the major literary tropes. Think of metaphor, allegory, and symbol as different takes on the transference of connotations that increase in complexity.
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Siggy Abuel

on 5 November 2012

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Transcript of Denotation, Connotation, Metaphor vs. Allegory vs. Symbol

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Go "Bear" = Scary Predatory Fat Powerful Cuddly Majestic The word: Bears are mammals of the family Ursidae. Bears are classified as caniforms, or doglike carnivorans, with the pinnipeds being their closest living relatives. Although there are only eight living species of bear, they are widespread, appearing in a wide variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere and partially in the Southern Hemisphere. Bears are found in the continents of North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Common characteristics of modern bears include a large body with stocky legs, a long snout, shaggy hair, plantigrade paws with five nonretractile claws, and a short tail. While the polar bear is mostly carnivorous and the giant panda feeds almost entirely on bamboo, the remaining six species are omnivorous, with varied diets... - Wikipedia Denotatively... Connotatively Claws Fangs Furry Lumbering Honey Trout Hibernating Winter Words have denotation and connotation: This is the starting point of metaphor, allegory, and symbolism: Metaphor: y is a bear. The connotative properties of "Bear" are now being transferred over to Hannah. The connotative associations that transfer over will be determined by the context in which the Metaphorical statement was said. Fierce Predatory Hairy Lumbering ..and so the valiant warrior Allegory: Think of it as an extended metaphor. grabbed the magical lance, Real Life Scenario: Allegorical Representation: Hannah Thinks of the insult"a stupid dummy-head." Stupid Dummy-Head Calls the boy "a stupid dummy-head" and the boy cries. Stupid Dummy-Head Allegories are a series of metaphors that connect to each other in the form of a narrative. The shared connotations of the metaphors implies if the actions and characters are positive or negative... Symbol: The connotations of a valiant warrior are now transferred to Hannah. noble, brave, virtuous, strong, skilled... The connotations of a magical lance are now transferred to the insult. well-crafted, powerful, piercing, enchanted... and slew the Beast ... The connotations of slaying a beast is now transferred to the act of name calling. righteous, heroic, epic, dramatic... x the bear eats Hannah a, b, c and/or d Plot Overview: Hannah has journeyed to Alaska in search of a lost treasure that is said to grant the finder immortality. Hannah has gone on this journey out of her lust for power, with immortality she plans to rule the world. She has also gone out of fear, she means to prevent her own death. On this journey Hannah has to fight the Alaskan wilderness and her own personal weaknesses in order to succeed. She is almost successful, but she gives in to her desire to insult a passing bear, calling him a "stupid dummy-head." The bear, able to understand human speech and sensitive about his intelligence, chases Hannah and... Assuming that this story hints throughout the telling that each of these elements is in fact metaphorically represented by the bear... The connotations for each of these elements are thrust upon the bear, the bear eating Hannah, and Hannah being eaten, and mix and swirl together allowing arguments and interpretations to arise... This symbolic moment could come to mean that our lust for power will consume us, or that our fears will eventually catch up to us, or that nature will not be tampered with, or our weaknesses will be our undoing... Denotation, Connotation and Metaphor vs. Allegory vs. Symbolism High five for learning, cabbage! metaphor symbolic gesture allegorical representation If you have questions, ask Abuel!
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