Connotation Essays

_once More to the Lake_ by E.b. White

1.In paragraphs two, ten, and twelve of “Once More to the Lake,” White’s brilliant use of metaphors, similes, and personification illustrates a lucid image of the speaker’s intertwining past and present for the reader. White starts paragraph ten with a fragment, “Peace and goodness and jollity,” and creates a great emphasis on his past and current feelings. He continues to illustrate his past memories with a personification of the vocal senses as he explains the sound of the motorboats; “the…

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Debate on Peer Pressure (against)

Good morning Respected judges and dear friends, I greatly appreciate the opportunity given to me to debate on the subject of peer pressure. I am against the statement that peer pressure is more beneficial than harmful. My position is that peer pressure is definitely more harmful than it is beneficial and I would love to present some compelling statistics that lend credence to my position. But first, what is peer pressure? By definition, it is pressure from one’s peers to…

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Macbeth and Ambition

Ambition is a strong feeling of wanting to be successful in achieving a goal (Encarta Dictionary). An example of an ambition is in the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare. The main character, Macbeth is described as “not without ambition,” (Shakespeare, 1.5. 19) to become the king. Therefore, he has the drive, and he desires for the success of becoming the king. However, by achieving his goal and satisfying his ambition, the character’s soul and characteristics are gradually corrupted. As Macbeth…

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Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere

Injustice refers to either the absence or the exact opposite of justice. The term is applied either in reference to a particular event or even a larger incident. Injustice throughout society today is heard a lot about. People hear about major injustices all the time especially now media access is a lot easier. Many people can also come together and confront one another to either support or contradict these transgressions. This can also be contemplated throughout innumerable historical events and…

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Grapes of Wrath Diction

In The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck’s use of diction builds the foundation of his overall theme; the cruelties men impose on other men. His use of repetition, low-style word choice, and the power of connotation all reinforce his lager message. In the novel’s opening pages Steinbeck laces the text with recurring words, illustrating the setting and tone. He repeats words like “red country”, “dust”, “boiling”, and “raw stinging” to make the reader feel as if they are in the…

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Connotative Power

Self-Checked Activities Read the instructions for the following activities and type in your responses. Click the link to the Student Answer Sheet at the end of the lesson. Use the answers or sample responses to evaluate your own work. 1. Identifying Connotations a. Decide whether the bold word in each sentence is using a denotative or connotative meaning: • Wendy hit the tennis ball. • Phil bought a cheap car at the used car lot. • They often serve a…

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Dinesen’s Special Recipe

In writing, authors use elements to enhance and give the reader a clearer understanding of the literature. Many times authors use more than one element such as imagery and positive/negative connotation to mix up their style. Isak Dinesen mixes those elements to help give the reader a vivid understanding of the story in “The Ring.” Imagery is defined as the use of details that appeal to the reader’s senses of sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing. The introduction and beginning…

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_the Voice_ by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy in his poem ‘The Voice’ deals with the theme of the consequences of grief and loss. He addresses this theme by means of examining his own feelings at his wife’s death, his wish to relive the past, his wish to be reunited with her and his feelings of despair and hopelessness at what life has become for him without her. To convey his theme to the reader, Hardy uses a range of language and literary devices such as…

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How to Analyze an Advertisement

There’s more to advertising’s message than meets the casual eye. An effective ad, like other forms of communication, works best when it strikes a chord in the needs and desires of the receiving consumer — a connection that can be both intuitive and highly calculated. The following questions can help foster your awareness of this process. You may be surprised by the messages and meanings you uncover. 1. What is the general ambience of the advertisement? What mood does it…

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But These Things Also

‘But these things also’ brings “to the centre of attention what has previously overlooked”, as Judy Kendall writes. Thomas explores his fascination with the unimportant in this poem and looks at the connection and merging together of Spring and Winter. Much like his other poetry, here, Thomas struggles to put his finger on precisely what he means. This is shown by his inability to separate and distinguish between the two seasons. The poem begins with the first two lines focussing…

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Heritage Countee Cullen

“What is Africa to me?” (Cullen, Line 10). Heritage is an African American poem by Countee Cullen that was written during the Harlem Renaissance. Cullen was born in a primarily white upbringing; therefore he had no experience in African culture or heritage and was confused. His African heritage concerns him; yet, because he must adapt to the orders of a mostly white culture that is not concerned with his cultural origins. This poem is primarily the internal conflict of Countee…

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Semiotic Advertisement Analysis

1. Heinz Ketchup Denotation: In this advertisement, Heinz transforms a bottle of tomato ketchup into a garden-fresh tomato, denoting that it is entirely made up of a natural ingredient, Whether Heinz actually changed the ingredients in its ketchup while this campaign launched is unknown, but regardless this ad appeals to those looking to eat better quality foods. The color of the backdrop‑Red is a very emotionally intense color, it enhances human metabolism, and respiration rate, it has high visibility and…

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