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Tone, Mood and Theme

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Amy Pascoe

on 16 November 2015

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Tone, Mood and Theme
How is tone, mood and theme used to develop a story?
Tone, Mood and Theme
TONE – is the author’s attitude or feelings about the subject of his or her writing.
MOOD- is the overall feeling created by an author’s words.
THEME- is the message (or central idea) the author portrays about the subject through the story.
The way an author uses words, creates images, chooses details, uses language, and structures sentences to present a certain attitude or feeling to the reader about his/her writing topic creates his/her tone.
Tone can be positive, negative, or neutral.
- If an author wanted to send the message that everyone is capable of learning, he/she might write a story about a student who manages to beat the odds and succeed in a very doubtful situation.
It is important to note that the subject of a story is only one word (such as love), but the theme is a message, a sentence or phrase, about that one word (such as love conquers all).
Romeo and Juliet is a story about a young boy and a girl whose love is forbidden. Ultimately, the two cannot bear the thought of living without each other, and they end up dead as a result.
The subject of the story is love, so what is the theme (or underlining message) about love here?
Read example # 2:
As I walked to school this morning, the gray clouds hung in the gloomy sky. The birds were chirping their annoying morning song. I screamed at the birds as I stomped to school. The reflection in the puddle looked ugly as I fell into the puddle and got all wet and gross. I couldn’t wait for school to be over even though the day hadn’t started. There is nothing quite as irritating as a storming morning when everything goes wrong.
Read example # 1
As I walked to school this morning, the sun greeted me smiling. The birds
were chirping their adorable morning song. I sang along with their chirping
as I skipped to school. The reflection in the puddle grinned back as I
hopped gracefully over the bright sparkling water. I couldn’t wait to get to
school and see all of my equally excited friends. There is nothing quite as
exhilarating as a bright spring morning when everything goes right.
What is the tone of the author?
Is the author's tone positive, negative or neutral?
What is the tone of the author?
Is their tone positive, negative or neutral?
Read example # 1 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........
How did the passage make you feel?
Read example # 2: Finally, one of the girls pointed to the grass and giggled. "Meow!" A cat sat on the edge of the field and licked its paw. They did indeed have company. The girls ran over to the cat and pet his belly. They laughed and the cat sauntered back to the field.
How did the passage make you feel?
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