What kind of mood does your book create for you? Does it make you want to laugh? Does it make you cry? Quote a passage from your book that has elicited a specific emotion from you as reader. Tell how that passage made you feel. Note the page number where that passage can be found.
Explain the overall tone of the book, and compare this to the mood you experienced when reading the quoted passage. Is the book’s overall tone different from the mood projected by that passage?
As you might have guessed, mood and tone are very similar, but not the same. Tone is the author’s attempt to create feelings in the reader. Mood is the reader’s response. To learn more about tone, go back to our old post from a couple of weeks ago (click the link). To learn more about mood, here’s a link in Wikipedia.
Here’s a sample comment you might make for today’s blog post:
- I’m reading William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
- When I read the words “Thus, with a kiss I die,” I was absolutely horrified. I knew that Juliet wasn’t really dead, but Romeo thought she was. So it gave me this awful mood of hopelessness and dread because he wanted to die with her.
- The overall tone of the book is very thrilling. There are comical moments, like when Mercutio makes fun of his opponent in his famous battle scene. Even as Mercutio stands at death’s door, he makes jokes: “They have made wormsmeat of me!” And yet the tragedy of Mercutio’s death is part of the overall tone as well. Tragedy is in the air. So when we see Romeo outside Juliet’s sepulchre, the audience is horrified, because action, comic moments, and passion have led to this place. It really winds your emotions into a turmoil, setting the stage for the audience’s mood of horrific despair.
- My mood quote came from page 792 in my book. My tone quote came from page 701.
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