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Transcript of Author's Tone
What is tone?
Tone indicates the writer's attitude. Often a writer's tone is described by adjectives.
Tone is not expressed or stated directly
A reader must "read between the lines" to identify the author's tone.
Alonzo winked at his mother's shocked gaze and with a smile he said, "sausage and pepperoni pizza for breakfast makes perfect sense. Allow me to demonstrate. You have your tomato. Tomato is technically a fruit. You have your cheese. Cheese is a dairy product. You have your crust… necessary carbs for quick energy in the morning. And don't forget the sausage and the pepperoni… my protein. If you think about it, it is just like bacon and eggs, toast, and orange juice." Still smiling, he added, "really, it is… well, almost." "Why are you looking at me that way?"
Tone is not an action, it is an attitude.
Example: You can say the same phrase in different ways, each showing a different tone.
Come here, Sally.
commanding or bossy
Identify the tone:
As that hurricane threatened, the wind's blast caused angry fifteen-foot waves to crash over the small houses near the shore.
The moment the words were out of my mouth, I wished I could take them back. I didn't mean to hurt Keith's feelings. He is such a nice person, and he certainly doesn't deserve to be treated so poorly. I guess the stress from my job has been more than I can handle. Instead of taking my problems out on him, I need to deal directly with the people who create the stress. If only I didn't care so much what people thought of me at work, then this would not have happened.
"Come here, Sally."
Tips for identifying tone:
Watch word choice.
Read the introductory information if there is any.
Notice the imagery.
Look at the adjectives and verbs--do they tell you anything?
Whether you are starting or continuing on the academic road to success, there are a series of markers that will help keep you on the path. First, you must believe. Believe in yourself, believe in others, and believe in the process of life. You are here for a purpose. Second, keep an open mind. Be aware of things that are working and things that are not. Be willing to make changes. Third, know when you need help and be willing to ask for it. There are many people who can assist you; be specific when you ask for help. Fourth, use your resources: people, books, nature, experiences, events, travel-that which is seen and that which is unseen. Fifth, remember who you are and why you are here. Remind yourself what it is that you want to accomplish. Sixth, balance your life. There is a weariness that occurs when life's energies are out of harmony. Body, mind, and spirit need nurturing on a daily basis. Lastly, remember that storms never last.