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What is the Mood and Tone of a Story?

The Mood in a Story...

The definition of mood is a temporary state of mind or feeling. It tells something about the frame of state of mind, emotional state, or spirit of a person.

In literature, the mood is a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers through words and descriptions. Usually, the mood is referred to as the atmosphere of a literary piece, as it creates an emotional setting that surrounds the readers.

What is the Tone of a Story?

The definition of tone in literature, is the way the author expresses his attitude through his writing. The tone can change very quickly or may remain the same throughout the story.

The tone can be expressed by the use of words, point of view, style, and the level of formality in your writing.

Mood and tone are two literary elements that help create the main idea of a story.

The mood is the atmosphere of the story, and the tone is the author's attitude towards the topic. We can identify both by looking at the setting, characters, details, and word choices.

Examples of mood and tone:

It can be joyful, serious, humorous, sad, threatening, formal, informal, pessimistic, and optimistic. Your tone in writing will be reflective of your mood as you are writing.

Examples of tone in a story include just about any adjective you can imagine:

· Scared.

· Anxious.

· Excited.

· Worried.

· Foolish.

· Technical


Why are Tone and Mood Important?

Mood and tone are essential because they help the reader to determine the author's purpose and the overall theme or idea of the story. The setting, use of descriptive words, the punctuation used, and the sound of words all work to create the mood of a story.


Examples of Moods:

Here are some words that are commonly used to describe mood:

Cheerful; Reflective; Gloomy; Humorous; Melancholy; Idyllic; Whimsical; Romantic; Smart; Depressing.


How do Authors Create Tone and Mood?

The tone can be achieved through word choice (diction), sentence construction and word order (syntax), and by what the viewpoint character focuses on.

The mood is created or altered by the way the viewpoint character/narrator treats the story problem and other characters, and by the way he responds to the events surrounding him.


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