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The Denotation and Connotation of Night

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Trisha Klein

on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of The Denotation and Connotation of Night

MOW 601: Determine the appropriate meaning of words, phrases, or statement from figurative or somewhat technical contexts The Denotation and Connotation
of Night Is the title literal or figurative?

If the title is figurative, what
does night symbolize? Denotation Why did Elie Wiesel name
his book Night? the dictionary definition of a word
the literal meaning of a word Denotation of Night Denotation of Night If the title Night is literal, then what
is the title referring to?

Do we think the title of Night is
merely literal? Connotation the emotions and feelings attached to a word
the secondary meanings of a word
the figurative meanings of a word (for example: metaphors and symbols) Connotation of Night List a few emotions and feelings attached to night
Try to think of positive and negative connections

Which has more positive connotations or emotions attached to it: night or day?
If we compare life to a day, which is a metaphor,
then what does night represent?

Connotation of Night If the title Night is figurative, then what could it represent?

Why do you think Wiesel chose Night for the title of his memoir? You will examine the difference in denotation and connotation.

You will analyze the connotation of “night” in several passages from the book.

You will apply your understanding of the example passages to the essential question, “Why did Elie Wiesel name his book Night?”
For this lesson, you will need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. The dictionary definition of night is
the time from dusk to dawn when no
sunlight is visible. What are the synonyms of night?

Instead of saying, "It is night," what else could
you say that would retain or keep the same meaning?

What are the antonyms of night? Now that we have an idea of what the title means, we need to find textual evidence to support our ideas.

Your task:
In small groups, examine passages from Night that contain the word “night.”
For each passage, determine if the “night” is used literally (denotation), figuratively (connotation), or both literally and figuratively.
Your group has 10 minutes to analyze its passages.
You may want to refer to your books for context.
Now, eliminate the sentences or passages where you think “night” is being used only in a literal sense.
Then, pick 1 passage to share with the class.
Read the passage to the class, state the page, number, and explain the connotations of “night.” Why did Elie Wiesel name his book Night? Is the title literal or figurative? If it is figurative, what does it symbolize?
Based on our discussion today, take 5 minutes to write your answer to this question. Cite specific evidence from the novel to support your claim.
Final thought: “Night” is actually the first book in a trilogy by Wiesel. The other two books are called “Dawn” and “Day.” While for most people, night may represent the end of their lives, for Wiesel, it was just the beginning.
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