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Tone vs Mood (Class)

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Amanda Steadele

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How would you describe the tone that Holden Caufield, the narrator of
Catcher in the Rye
, has? Highlight the textual evidence to support your answer.

"All morons hate it when you call them morons."

"I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie, I'd probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up."

"I'm always saying, Glad to've met you to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though."

"I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it."

"Mothers are all slightly insane."
Tone and Mood in Literature

Tone
The author's or character's attitude towards the writing (characters or situation) and/or the reader. To understand tone you MUST identify the subject.

Common Tone Words Found on the EOC SOL:

~Melancholy ~Reverent ~Apathetic

~Matter-of-fact ~Whimsical ~Sarcastic

~Ironic ~Scholarly ~Resigned

~Contemptuous ~Nostalgic ~Optimistic

~Ominous ~Speculative ~Hostile
What Changed?
Tone or Mood? How?
Mood
The general atmosphere created by the author's words (diction). It is the feeling that the reader gets from the text. Mood tends to be either positive or negative.

Common Mood Words Found on the SOL:

~Light-hearted ~Disgusted ~Pleased

~Contemplative ~Cynical ~Sarcastic

~Threatening ~Idyllic ~Morose

Amanda Steadele
Tone vs. Mood
MOVIE TIME!!!
How can I remember the difference?
How would you describe the tone that Holden Caufield, the narrator of
Catcher in the Rye
, has? Highlight the textual evidence to support your answer.

"All morons hate it when you call them morons."

"I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie, I'd probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up."

"I'm always saying, Glad to've met you to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though."

"I don't exactly know what I mean by that, but I mean it."

"Mothers are all slightly insane."
Tone and Mood in Literature

Tone and Mood in Literature

"The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left standing. At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles.


"Alan Austin, as nervous as a kitten, went up certain dark and creaky stairs in the neighborhood of Pell Street. He looked about for a long time on the dim landing before he found the name he wanted."
Identify the mood in the below piece of literature. Highlight the textual evidence that supports your answer.
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