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Evaluating and analyzing tone

Danielle Hicks

on 15 September 2011

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Identifying and Analyzing Tone What is tone? The author’s attitude
towards the subject matter,
the audience or characters
within the story. in other words, how the feelings the author has about the subject matter, the plot, the characters, or the audience. I hurt myself today
to see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
the only thing that's real
the needle tears a hole
the old familiar sting
try to kill it all away
but I remember everything
what have I become?
my sweetest friend
everyone I know
goes away in the end
and you could have it all
my empire of dirt

I will let you down
I will make you hurt "Hurt" by Johnny Cash What is the tone of the song? Try a combination of tone words. "Let's Get it Started" by The Black Eyed Peas We got five minutes for us to
disconnect, from all intellect
collect the rhythm effect.
Obstacles are inefficient, follow
your intuition, free your inner
soul and break away from

Lose control, of body and soul.
Don't move too fast, people, just
take it slow.
Don't get ahead, just jump into
Get stutted, get stupid.
The feeling's irresistible and
that's how we movin'. When analyzing tone, it is often helpful to consider connotation and denotation of a word. Connotation and Denotation Denotation = the literal definition of a word this is what you would see if you looked the word up in the dictionary Memory Hint: denotation and dictionary both start with "d" Connotation = the words and emotions associated with a word consider these words they all mean female but you probably associate some words and feelings when you see the word lady and different words and feelings with... chick another example: heart Denotation: A major
organ that pumps
blood to the rest of
the body. Connotation: Love,
security, your inner
self. Take another little piece of my heart now, baby,
(break a..)
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling,
yeah. (come on)
Hey! Have another little piece of my heart now,
baby, yeah.
You know you got it if it makes you feel good,
Oh yes indeed.

You're out on the street looking good, and baby,
Deep down in your heart I said you know that it
ain't right,
Never never never never never never hear me
when I cry at night.
Baby, I cry all the time!
And each time I tell myself that I, well I can't
stand the pain,
But when you hold me in your arms, I'll sing it
once again. "Take Another Piece of my Heart" by Janis Joplin according to the authors of _Literature and Composition_, "tone and mood provide the emotional coloring of a work and are created by the writer's stylistic choices" (23). what is mood? In _Laying the Foundation_, College Board defines mood as "the atmosphere or predominant emotion in a literary work. In other words, mood is the emotional response of the reader to the text" (31). Authors of _Laying the Foundation_point out "[tone] is conveyed primarily through the author’s choice of diction, imagery, figures of speech, details, and syntax" (31). So...the tone is what the author conveys, the mood is what the reader (which is you!) feels. College Board reminds "It is important to note that in some cases the mood and the tone of a passage may be the same; however, there are often subtle, and not so subtle, differences between the two" (31). examples You can recognize the tone/attitude by the
language/word choices the author uses. His
language will reveal his perspective/opinion
(that is, whether it is positive/negative) about the subject. Tone must be inferred through the use of descriptive words. The girls were playing in the pond, splashing each other and trying to catch fish with their hands. They were having fun, but kept looking over their shoulders at the looming forest. The long grass of the field kept moving and they sort of felt like they were being watched… About a half hour passed and still the girls kept checking the field for movements. It seemed like a pair of dark eyes was on them. They even considered going back inside, but that would mean homework time. So they continued splashing, but with caution now. Their eyes hardly left the field. by Danielle Hicks with elements of this presentation adapted from a presentation posted on the internet by Allison Cosgrove not sure about your responses? check out my analysis on Blackboard. nice, huh? there is a copy of these words (and the citation) on Blackboard you should print it out. tone and mood Looking at diction, words like "caution, dark, and looming“ lead readers to the tone. Thinking about syntax, the ellipses (...) add to the sense of foreboding, adding anticipation. Making the reader pause after "felt like they were being watched" contributes to a feeling of anxiety. Analyzing the imagery, the picture is of girls playing, but nervously. The forest and the grass seem to be moving in strange and unnerving ways. All of these elements contribute to the tone: ominous, suggesting a little bit of fear or foreboding. Consider this example: maybe you identified the tone as urgent, eager or excited. You could use as evidence the short phrases that add to a feeling of anticipation. You could also say the quickly moving camera angles and the seemingly unconnected group members adds to a feeling of excitement. Contrastly, the tone of this song and video could be identified as melancholy, somber, sorrowful. Cash is thinking back to the past, you can hear the melancholy in his voice. And...well...the name of the song is "Hurt," so that gives us a clue. You could analyze the "crown of thorns" to explain a somber tone, as well. For this one, think back to the connotation of "heart". When you think about "take another piece of my 'security and inner self'" it leads to a pretty powerful emotion, no? The tone of this piece, though, is not sad or mournful, it is more bitter, impassioned, and angry. While Joplin is addressing someone that hurt her, at the same time she is showing that this person is a complete jerk. This is in part because she sets up that they can "take another little piece of [her] heart...if it makes [them] feel good." Who would do that again but someone cruel? While she is hurt, she is still calling out this person for their cruelty. Conclusion 1) tone is the feeling conveyed by the author 2) diction, imagery, figures of speech, and syntax all contribute to tone 3) remember to consider connotation and denotation of words 4) use a combination of words to describe tone, and utilize the word bank.
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