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Information about TONE

Published on May 3, 2007

Author: rousseau1789


Slide1: AP LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION MRS. CRUTHERS ATTITUDE: ATTITUDE Tone is synonymous with attitude Questions you can ask when looking for tone in a piece: What is the author’s/speaker’s attitude (tone)? How does he or she feel about something? What is their overall opinion about the subject of a piece or the audience (reader)? What is the authors personality? How does the author create tone in a piece?: How does the author create tone in a piece? Diction The author creates tone by his or her selection of words. Detail The author creates tone by his or her descriptions of words, phrases, concepts, and ideas. Syntax The author creates tone by arranging words in a specific way. Imagery The author creates tone by bringing the reader into the action of the piece through appealing to the 5 senses. How does the reader perceive tone?: How does the reader perceive tone? By examination of Diction Detail Imagery Syntax When you examine these elements you discover the author’s tone (attitude) towards you, the reader, and towards the subject of the piece. What is the purpose of tone?: What is the purpose of tone? It sets the relationship between reader and writer. Creates growing emotion in the reader. Connects the material to the reader. Tone is the hallmark of the writer’s personality. Understanding Tone: Understanding Tone Understanding tone is a prerequisite to understanding meaning. It is key to understanding the author’s mood It is key to making connections between the author’s thought and its expression. Identifying and Analyzing TONE: Identifying and Analyzing TONE Requirements to identifying and analyzing tone: Careful reading Sensitivity to diction and syntax Understanding of detail selection and imagery. RECAP: RECAP How to find tone: Diction Word choice (foundation of voice) Detail Facts, observations, and incidents used to develop a topic, shaping and seasoning voice. Imagery Verbal representations of sense experience Brings the immediacy of sensory experience to writing and gives voice a distinctive quality. Syntax Grammatical sentence structure, controls verbal pacing and focus. TONE: EXPRESSION OF ATTITUDE. GIVES VOICE ITS DISTINCTIVE PERSONALITY.

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