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Copy of Tone and Mood in Literature

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Tone Review Identifying
Tone and Mood
in Literature Tone refers to the emotional connotation (or feeling) of the words, images or sounds an author, artist, director, etc. uses to describe a character, event, setting, topic or other relevant subject in the work. Tone is first determined to be Positive, Negative or Neutral. In media such as movies or television, TONE is fairly easily determined based on the combination of clues, including music, dialogue, facial expression, lighting and other visual images.

Identify the TONE of the following trailers as POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NEUTRAL. Identifying TONE in a written text is a little more challenging, since you are missing extra clues like music and visual images to help you.

The key to successfully identifying TONE in literature is to be able to recognize the FEELING, or CONNOTATION, of words and connect EMOTION to them as the author intends.
Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance,
I have not winced, nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade.
And, yet, the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley MOOD refers to the specific EMOTION created by the TONE of the words, images, music, etc. the author uses in the work. While TONE is usually expressed as POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NEUTRAL, MOOD is described with an EMOTION word, like scary, funny, sad or exciting. Mood Try this.

First, identify whether the TONE of the trailer is POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NEUTRAL.

Next, identify the MOOD, or EMOTION of the trailer. Try it again.

What is the TONE of the clip?

POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NEUTRAL? Try it with a poem.

1. Identify the TONE (Positive, Negative or Neutral).

2. Identify the MOOD of the poem (answer should be an EMOTION word).

3. What WORDS make you think so? Reread "Invictus."

Is the overall TONE of this poem POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NEUTRAL?

What words in the text make it seem NEGATIVE? Read it again.

Which words make it seem POSITIVE? Use what you know about the MAIN IDEA or THEME of a selection to help you determine TONE.

Based on the MAIN IDEA or THEME of the poem, is the TONE best described as POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NEUTRAL? Shiny, happy people laughing…
Meet me in the crowd.
(People, people)
Throw your love around.
(Love me, love me)
Take it into town,
(Happy, happy)
Put it in the ground,
Where the flowers grow.
(Gold and silver shine)

Shiny, happy people holding hands.
Shiny, happy people laughing.

Everyone around (love them, love them)
Put it in your hands.
(Take it, take it)
There's no time to cry.
(Happy, happy)
Put it in your heart
Where tomorrow shines.
(Gold and silver shine)

Shiny happy people holding hands.
Shiny happy people laughing. Were you right?

What other clues (visual, sound) does the video offer that helps you identify the TONE and MOOD of the song? Hear the lonesome whipperwill,
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

I never seen a night so long,
When times goes crawling by.
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide its face and cry.

Well maybe the night is cold,
But together they fade
Like the shadow that ran up to the hills
Trying to fix her wings.
There's a saint and a sinner,
And forever the missing day
Where the winners and the losers feel the same.
Who knows what tomorrow brings?

Did you ever see a robin weep
When leaves begin to die?
That means he's lost the will to live.
I'm so lonesome I could cry. The silence of a falling star
Lights a purple sky,
And I wonder where you are.
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

Well maybe the night is cold,
But together they fade
Like the shadow that ran up to the hills
Trying to fix her wings.
There's a saint and a sinner,
And forever the missing day
Where the winners and the losers feel the same.
Who knows what tomorrow brings?

Hear the lonesome whipperwill,
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.
I'm so lonesome I could cry.
I'm so lonesome I could cry. It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark
Under the moonlight, you see a sight that almost stops your heart
You try to scream but terror takes the sound before you make it
You start to freeze as horror looks you right between the eyes
You're paralyzed

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
And no one's gonna save you from the beast about strike
You know it's thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

You hear the door slam and realize there's nowhere left to run
You feel the cold hand and wonder if you'll ever see the sun
You close your eyes and hope that this is just imagination, girl!
But all the while you hear the creature creeping up behind
You're out of time

'Cause this is thriller, thriller night
There ain't no second chance against the thing with forty eyes, girl
Thriller, thriller night
You're fighting for your life inside a killer, thriller tonight

Night creatures calling, the dead start to walk in their masquerade
There's no escaping the jaws of the alien this time
(They're open wide)
This is the end of your life

They're out to get you, there's demons closing in on every side
They will possess you unless you change that number on your dial
Now is the time for you and I to cuddle close together, yeah
All through the night I'll save you from the terror on the screen
I'll make you see TONE describes the author's attitude toward a subject based on the words he/she uses to describe it. TONE is first expressed by determining if the author's attitude toward the subject is POSITIVE, NEGATIVE or NEUTRAL. Review MOOD is the EMOTION the reader feels when reading a text. MOOD is created by the author's use of TONE words (words heavy with emotional meaning), and is expressed with an EMOTION word (happy, sad, scary, funny, etc.). Try another one. One more time As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain,
I take a look at my wife and realize she’s very plain.
But that’s just perfect for an Amish like me.
You know I shun fancy things like electricity.
At 4:30 in the morning I’m milkin’ cows.
Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows... fool
And I’ve been milkin’ and plowin’ so long
that even Ezekiel thinks that my mind is gone.
I’m a man of the land; I’m into discipline:
Got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin.
But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine,
Then tonight we’re gonna party like its 1699!

We been spending most our lives
Living in an Amish paradise.
I’ve churned butter once or twice
Living in an Amish paradise.
Its hard work and sacrifice
Living in an Amish paradise.
We sell quilts at a discount price
Living in an Amish paradise Your butt is wide; well mine is, too.
Just watch your mouth, or I'll sit on you.
The word is out, better treat me right.
Cause I'm the king of cellulite.
Ham on, Ham on, Ham on whole wheat, alright

My zippers bust, my buckles break.
I'm too much man for you to take.
The pavement cracks when I fall down;
I've got more chins than Chinatown.
Well, I never use the phone booth and I never see my toes,
and when I'm going to the movies, I take up seven rows because…

I'm fat, I'm fat, shumon! (really really fat)
I'm fat, I'm fat, you know it! (really really fat)
I'm fat, I'm fat, c'mon, y'know (really really fat)

Don't you call me pudgy, portly or stout, just tell me once again -
Who's fat?

When I walk out to get my mail, it measures on the Richter Scale.
Down at the beach, I'm a lucky man: I'm the only one who can get a tan.
If I have one more pie a la mode, I'm going to need my own zip code.
When you're only having seconds, I'm having 23rds.
When I go to get my shoes shined, I've got to take their word because… As I walk through the valley where I harvest my grain
I take a look at my wife and realize she's very plain
But that's just perfect for an Amish like me
You know, I shun fancy things like electricity
At 4:30 in the morning I'm milkin' cows
Jebediah feeds the chickens and Jacob plows... fool
And I've been milkin' and plowin' so long that
Even Ezekiel thinks that my mind is gone
I'm a man of the land, I'm into discipline
Got a Bible in my hand and a beard on my chin
But if I finish all of my chores and you finish thine
Then tonight we're gonna party like it's 1699 Yeah, you could be the greatest;
You can be the best.
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest.
You could beat the world;
You could beat the war;
You could talk to God, go banging on his door.

You can throw your hands up;
You can be the clock.
You can move a mountain;
You can break rocks.
You can be a master,
Don't wait for luck.
Dedicate yourself and you can find yourself…

…Standing in the hall of fame
And the world's gonna know your name
Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world's gonna know your name
And you'll be on the walls of the hall of fame

You could go the distance;
You could run the mile.
You could walk straight through hell with a smile.
You could be the hero;
You could get the gold,
Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke.

Do it for your people;
Do it for your pride.
Never gonna know if you never even try!






























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