Project 3: Exercise 2 – Join The Navy

Semiotic theory can seem quite daunting but it’s a lot easier to understand what’s going on with reference to an actual example, so this exercise asks you to try a spot of semiotic analysis for yourself.

• First, look carefully at the image below and describe its literal elements (i.e. denotation). What can you see?

In this image the literal elements are a sailor sitting on a torpedo that’s splashing along some water. The sailor has a ‘rein’ he’s holding with one hand and some other kind of rope or string in his other hand.

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