If you’ve stumbled accross this blog, let me ‘splain. No. Let me sum up. We’re reading classic novels. Every Tuesday through Friday, we make comments about our novel, in response to a literary challenge.
For today’s challenge:
- Name the title and author of the classic novel you’re reading.
- Quote a passage from your novel and explain it’s literary tone.
- Mark this page in your novel with a sticky note, so you’ll be able to find it again later.
- Specify which words in that passage offer context clues about the tone.
- Explain how those words help create the tone.
- Watch for changes in tone as the novel progresses, since we might get another question about tone later on.
Want an example? Here you go:
- My novel is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- “[Flint] was the bloodthirstiest buccaneer that ever lived!”
- I found that quote on page 49.
- One word that offers a context clue is “bloodthirstiest” because the idea of someone being thirsty for another person’s blood is sort of scary. Also, the word “buccaneer” means pirate, and everyone knows pirates are adventurous.
- So between the word “buccaneer” and the word “bloodthirstiest,” I think my book has an adventurous tone–a very exciting thrill-ride–because these words inspire fear and excitement in the reader.
- I’ll be ready to make more comments. If Jim Hawkins gets captured by pirates, for example, I will be able to say that the tone has changed from fear and adventure to straight fear–fear that the protagonist might die in the hands of the pirates.