Recognizing and Writing About Tone Tone: The writer's or speaker's attitude toward his subject his audience, or himself. The emotional coloring, or emotional meaning of a work. V Examples of tone: AN 1. Bouncing into the room, she lit up the vicinity with a joyous glow on her face as she told about her fiance and their wedding plans. Situation: women is telling her husband about their wedding plans, which sets a happy, excited tone since anything relates to wedding means the most euphoric, loving time for a couple Diction: -uses “bouncing” =emphasizes that she’s being so overly excitement that her body also express hype by jumping; normally associate “bouncing” as body language with being bubbly -”Joyous glow” & “lit up” = description of her face/body expression; both phrases excludes a “sunshine” aura with “glow” and “lit”, which represents a bright, happy tone as she saying her plans 2. She huddled in the corner, clutching her tattered blanket and shaking convulsively, as she feverishly searched the room for the unknown dangers that awaited her.
Situation: -She is trying to build up warmth by cuddling up with a blanket , while frantically searching for something that might scare her = helps me see this sets an anxious, scary/fearful tone Diction= -uses “ clutching” as a verb to how she holds on her blanket= holding her blanket tightly= her stress reliever for her being afraid -”shaking convulsively”= meaning she’s greatly shaking(strongly), which dramatize the description her body reaction with fear -”unknown”= mysterious tone creates more fear towards the dangers - “feverishly”= she is in a chaotic, ditzy, blank mindset because she is distracted of being scared of what’s to come 3. She lay on the couch in a white evening dress, whispering softly in the ear of her fiancé, running her fingers through his hair and gently nibbling his earlobes Situation= the bride is whispering and nippling her fiance’s ear; run fingers through his hair; basically purposely touching her husband in a pleasurable way= creates an intimate, sensual tone between the couple since it shows she is intentionally seducing her fiance. Diction= “whispering softly”- bride wanted to entranced her fiance with a sweet, soothing voice = creates a gentle tone -”gently nibbling his earlobe”= “gently” &”nibbling” both show seductive, pleasuring aura 4. Bursting through the door, the flustered mother screamed uncontrollably at the innocent teacher who.gave her child an F.