The Semantic Content of the Notions Fear and Anger and the Conditional Changes of These Emotions

Daria Zhgun


This article focuses on the specifics of the use of the notions fear and anger in English fiction. Both emotions are believed to have a negative effect on the individual, interfering with his/her well-being and interaction with others. In contrast to this traditional view, the author emphasizes the existence of the dual nature of these negative emotions caused by the dependence of emotions on appraisal. Since appraisal determines personal value attitude to the world, it is possible to conclude that the expression of both appraisal and emotions is subjective and determined by a specific situation. The author comes to the conclusion that it is contextual indicators that help create a rich emotional background of the narration or dialogue. Context analysis has proved that fear and anger can perform both negative and positive functions. Positive functions include motivation, faster problem and danger assessment, and better preparation for further action.

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emotion; appraisal; ambivalence; semantic content; semantic field

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