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Tone and Mood in The Raven

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Sarah McCann

on 14 October 2015

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Transcript of Tone and Mood in The Raven

The Raven
by Edgar Allan Poe
Tone vs. Mood
Highlight these definitions:
the author's voice. It is the way a writer feels about a place or a character. Tone is revealed through word choice.
the effect on the audience. The feelings and thoughts of the audience.
Pay attention to
word choice
while watching the
following video clip.
Pay attention to
word choice
while watching the
following video clip.
Summary: The Raven
It's late at night, and late in the year (after midnight on a December evening, to be precise). A man is sitting in his room, half reading, half falling asleep, and trying to forget his lost love, Lenore. Suddenly, he hears someone (or something) knocking at the door.
He calls out, apologizing to the "visitor" he imagines must be outside. Then he opens the door and finds nothing. This freaks him out a little, and he reassures himself that it is just the wind against the window. So he goes and opens the window, and in flies (you guessed it) a raven.
The Raven settles in on a statue above the door, and for some reason, our speaker's first instinct is to talk to it. He asks for its name, just like you usually do with strange birds that fly into your house, right? Amazingly enough, though, the Raven answers back, with a single word: "Nevermore."
Understandably surprised, the man asks more questions. The bird's vocabulary turns out to be pretty limited, though; all it says is "Nevermore." Our narrator catches on to this rather slowly and asks more and more questions, which get more painful and personal. The Raven, though, doesn't change his story, and the poor speaker starts to lose his sanity.
Essential question: How does language affect the audience?
Highlight These Definitions
Highlight all Definitions from Quizlet Literary Terms Handout
From SCOPE's Literary Terms Handout
Figurative Language
Tone and Mood
Actor Basil Rathbone Reads The Raven:
Go to youtube and search "Scary Mary Trailer"
Go to youtube and search "Mary Poppins Original Trailer"
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