Today we will be working to unpack some passages from The Namesake. In order to be effective at analyzing and explaining what you see in a work of literature, there are a few basic literary terms that you will need to know and master.
Here are a few of those terms:
Figurative language - speech or writing that departs from literal meaning in order to achieve a special effect or meaning.
Metaphor – a direct comparison where one kind of thing is applied to a distinctly different kind of thing or something used to represent something else; emblem; symbol.
Denotation – primary signification or reference (the dictionary definition).
Connotation – the secondary or associated significations and feelings which a word commonly suggests or implies (the baggage that the word carries).(dictionary.com)
Denotation of eagle: any of several large, soaring birds of prey belonging to the hawk family, noted for their size, strength, and powers of flight and vision: formerly widespread in North America, eagles are mostly confined to Alaska and a few isolated populations.
Connotations of eagle: freedom, liberty, America, the U.S. military, strength, independence