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Tone, Mood and Atmosphere
• Tone is important in your
  appreciation of the passages you are
  given to read. There is nothing
  worse than taking everything
  seriously only to discover later it was
  all tongue-in-cheek. It is important
  to take an overview before you
  become involved in the individual
       What gets marks?
• Because tone is so subjective, there
  are often a number of acceptable
  answers but identification of tone is
  usually only worth something if you
  justify your choice of that tone by
  referring to the passage.
• Don’t put down a list and hope that
  one of them is right – you won’t get
  any marks!
• So identify and justify!!!
• tone reveals the feelings and attitudes of
  the writer
• it is how the writing might be said if it
  were read aloud
• you will be asked to identify it, justify it
  and/or explain its impact
• The main problem is a tone vocabulary!
       A Tone Vocabulary
• humorous              •   business-like
• tongue-in-cheek       •   curious
• sarcastic             •   chatty/friendly
• ironic                •   mocking
                        •   disapproving
• emotional -name the
  emotion eg angry,     •   critical
  depressed,            •   contemptuous
  elated,moody,         •   menacing
  indignant,            •   dismissive
• conversational        •   approving
                More tones
•   Despairing         So . . .
•   Superior           1. Identify the tone
•   Admiring
                       2. Provide the evidence-
•   Uplifting             usually a quote
•   Hectoring
                       3. Comment on how the
•   Doubtful
                          tone creates the
•   Self-deprecating      effect or impact as
                          required by the
     Questions on mood are answered in
     a similar way to those on tone:
1.   Identify the mood
2.   Provide the evidence- usually a quote
3.   Comment on how the mood is created or
     creates the effect or impact as required by
     the question.
       So what is mood?
• Mood deals with the emotional
  dimension of the text such as fear,
  excitement, sadness, calm,
  determination, reflection, elation,
  optimistic, concern, reassurance etc.
• It is detected through the language
  of the text and should ‘fit’ with the
  sense of the passage.
• Atmosphere involves the senses. It is
  what we perceive in an environment from
  what we can see, hear, taste, smell or
• It can be frightening, eerie, lively,
  decaying, neglected, exciting, soothing
• Answer using the same technique
  suggested for tone and mood.
 Other techniques to consider. . .

1.   Point of view or the writer’s stance
2.   Contrast
3.   Use of questions (real and rhetorical)
4.   Use of anecdote
5.   Use of examples, illustrations
6.   Use of ‘experts’
7.   Sound – alliteration, assonance,
     onomatopoeia, word choice, repetitions,
     patterns of words
Tone in Individual Questions
• Tone is the voice that would be used
  to say the sentence or word. If
  someone could read the passage
  aloud for you it would really help in
  this type of question. Unfortunately
  you have to do this silently to
  yourself – trying to ‘hear’ what your
  voice would do with it.

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