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mood and tone

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Katie Murphy

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of mood and tone

MOOD and TONE Tone and mood both deal with the emotions centered around a piece of writing. Though they seem similar and can in fact be related causally, they are in fact quite different. Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject. An example of tone could be both serious and humorous.
Tone is set by the setting, choice
of vocabulary and other details. If we were to read a description of a first date that included words and phrases like “dreaded” and “my buddies forced me to go on the date”, we could assume that the individual didn’t really enjoy the date. Mood is the atmosphere of a piece of writing; it’s the emotions a selection arouses in a reader. It is the feeling the reader gets from reading those words. It may be the same, or it may change from situation to situation. Some adjectives to describe TONE:
Formal, informal, serious, humorous, amused, angry, playful, neutral,
satirical, gloomy, conciliatory, sad, resigned, cheerful, ironic, clear,
detailed, imploring, suspicious, witty Some adjectives to describe MOOD:
Fictional, imaginary, fanciful, idealistic, romantic, realistic, optimistic,
pessimistic, gloomy, mournful, sorrowful… Authors set a TONE or MOOD in literature by conveying an emotion or emotions through words.

The way a person feels
about an idea, event, or another person can be quickly determined through facial expressions, gestures and in the tone
of voice used. How Does a Writer Create Mood? The setting, use of descriptive words, the punctuation used, and the sound of words all work to create the mood of a story. Look for clues in the language the writer uses to identify how the writer feels about the subject. Why are Mood and Tone Important? Mood and tone are important because they help the reader to determine the author’s purpose and the overall theme or main idea of the story. What mood does this image create? What mood does this image create? We Also See Mood in Images Tone:
Attitude towards crocodiles is they are dangerous. Subject:
Crocodiles What is the subject of the poem?
What clues tell the reader the author’s attitude towards the subject?
What is the tone? The Crocodile
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the water of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin!
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws! Example of Tone
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