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Tone, Mood, Atmosphere, and attitude

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Tiffany Wong

on 28 March 2015

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Transcript of Tone, Mood, Atmosphere, and attitude

By the way, they may be similar but they are not interchangeable.
Tone is the voice an author that conveys what they feel towards a subject or character. It is also the voice that has been chosen to connect and relate to the readers. This is from the author's point of view. This is generally conveyed through diction and can change easily.
Mood is generally the emotions and feelings a reader infers from the characters. This is from the reader's point of view.

It is also the specific feeling that contributes to the atmosphere of a piece. Usually concerns the emotions of a certain individual or group of individuals and is an internal feeling. It can be developed through setting, theme, tone and diction.

Atmosphere is what sets the mood. It can be the physical or emotional setting. It is used along with mood in a literary work with the intention of evoking a certain emotion or feeling from the audience. This involves the use of imagery and diction. Most writers use atmosphere to amplify the connection between the character's mood and their intended audience.
Attitude is the feeling behind a tone of a character or author. It can also be the reason for the tone. Authors use this to add another dimension to their writing. They may use this to connect further with their audience through the characters. This does not change.

Tone, Mood, Atmosphere, and attitude
Examples: "Enough Anna." "Just stay away!" - Elsa, Frozen

In the first example Elsa's tone is nervous, but her attitude is final.

In the second example her tone is frightened and panic, but her attitude is warning.

Another example would be a mother screaming at her child to get out of the street: "How many times do I have to tell you to stay off the street mister!" Her tone of voice could be angry or exasperated, but her attitude could be concerned.
Example: "Wouldn't you rather to eat when the work is done Ella or should I say Cinderella?" - Stepmother, Cinderella
Cinderella's stepmother's words seem harmless, sincere and inquisitive, but her tone is demeaning and snarky.
In films such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and multiple Disney creations the use of music, darkness, and light create different atmospheres to influence the audiences emotions.
by Tiffany Wong
Another example would be something like "Today was a great day." This can be said with either a sarcastic or satisfied tone of voice.
An example of mood would be "The girl shrieked in frustration as her tower of cards fell to the ground for the tenth time in a row."

Another example would be "The baby giggled and babbled as Tigger bounced by on the screen."
An example would be " The couple scrambled in fear as they traveled through a bramble filled forest and into the dark, cold, and windy night."

Another example of atmosphere would be "Light filled the room as the cherubs flitted from one bookshelf to the next watching in wonder as the books filled themselves with words, sentences, pages, and chapters of love."
Attitude, Tone, Mood, and Atmosphere are all closely related and are used simultaneously within a piece of literature, theater, or film to add effect, significance, and emotions.
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