Analyze the following words from the point of view of their connotation and meaning. a. Blind  b. Monkey  c. Snow

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

That is an interesting request. I would say that blind has many connotations. Literally it refers to the person who cannot see. On a more figurative level, it connotes foolishness in various areas. For example, we sometimes say, "the blind lead the blind." Monkey is a bit more concrete. In other words, the denotation is specific. It is an animal. On a more connotative level, you can say that it refers to people who fool around, usually children. We can say that children love to "monkey around." When it comes to snow, the connotation has usually to do with purity, cleanness, winter, Christmas. Finally, I should say that I am giving the connotations of someone who lives in New York. For a more sophisticated answer see the link below and read my examples on connotation, denotation, and the importance of historical context.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In literature, the word 'blind' also has the connotation of neglect or inaction in the face of evil-doers. (For example 'turning a blind eye' to some anti social behavior.) From literature we could take the example of Romeo and Juliet. The Prince (more like a mayor or sheriff) of the town, ignores the fighting of the two rival family gangs on the streets for too long. He then blames himself for 'winking' at the behavior for too long until it ended in deaths. The connotations of the word 'monkey' vary according to the culture. In some cultures, this word is an insult - often racial. However, in others (such as China) the monkey is respected for his wiliness and agility and is lucky. Snow is often associated with purity and virginity - either of heart, mind or body. One common usage would be 'as pure as the driven snow.'

James Kelley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

"Connotation" and "meaning" really aren't quite opposing terms. A more precise phrasing, I think, would be "connotation" and "denotation."

Both of these terms -- "connotation" and "denotation" -- fall under the larger term "meaning." When we use words to convey or receive meaning, we're always (although usually not deliberately) considering both connotations and denotations and ruling out possibilities that don't seem to fit the context. If someone asks me "Are you mad?," I can almost always determine in an instant if they mean (or, at least, if I think they mean) "angry," "joking around to the point of seeming a little irrational," or "truly disturbed."

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Blind, of course, just means to be unable to see.  But in American English, at least, it has the connotation of ignorance or stupidity as well.  If you say someone is too blind to see somethng, it means they are not capable of seeing something that is obvious.

Monkey's meaning (denotation) is simply the animal.  But its connotation is again more negative.  Racists often refer to nonwhites as monkeys.  We talk about "monkeying around."  So the word has the connotations of silliness/mischief and of being subhuman.

Snow has no connotations that I can think of, although we do sometimes talk about being "snowed under" by work if we are very busy.

saisha | Student

Thank all of you very much!

The problem was, that I didn't know the "meaning" of these words. Because "CONNOTATION" and "IMPLICATIONAL MEANING" have almost the same definitions.

Implicational meaning is based on natural linkage of objects in reality.

Connotation is the emotions, values, or images associated with a word.

And due to this I have thought, that "meaning" is "Implicational meaning"