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The Power of Words

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The Power of Words
Now watch the same footage but with different music, editing, etc.
Let's begin by analyzing what you are thinking and feeling while watching this movie trailer.
Write down your thoughts in the notes while watching Mean Girls trailer #1.
Do you feel happy? Interested? Amused?
How do you feel now? What changed?
Let's discuss the tone and mood. The director used things like music, camera angles, etc. to change the mood. What does a writer use? Only his words...things like connotation, symbolism, and figurative language impact the effect.
Tone and Mood Defined
Tone and mood both deal with emotions centered around a piece of writing.
Tone
the author's attitude toward a subject.
Mood
the emotions a selection brings to life for the reader.
How is mood created?
How to find tone?
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
.

How is tone created?
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
.
Try this with the next film trailer:

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

Next, identify the
MOOD
, or
EMOTION
of the trailer.
Tone is found through FADS
igurative language (SHAMPOO) used
ttitude of author toward the subject
iction (word choice) used
yntax (sentence construction) used
F
A
D
S
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
"I am not mad," [the monster] cried energetically, "the sun and the
heavens, who have viewed my operations, can bear witness of my truth. I am
the assassin of those most innocent victims; they died by my machinations.
A thousand times would I have shed my own blood, drop by drop, to have
saved their lives; but I could not, my father, indeed I could not sacrifice
the whole human race."
Let's find tone together
The speaker in this passage is the monster. What is the speaker’s tone?
A) sorry/remorseful B) angry/vindictive C) humorous/happy

F
igurative language used
"the sun and the heavens... can bare witness to my truth
"I am the assassin of those most innocent victims"
"A thousand times I would have shed my own blood"
ttitude of the author toward the subject
A
In order to find out how the author feels, will need to do some research
D
iction used
What words help us to find the tone?
"assassin"
"victims"
"sacrifice"
"saved"
S
yntax used
How does the sentence construction help?
"A thousand times would I have shed my own blood, drop by drop, to have
saved their lives; but I could not, my father, indeed I could not sacrifice
the whole human race."
Long sentence means the speaker (the monster) is barely pausing for breath.
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