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To understand the difference between tone and mood, it's important to first look at the dictionary definitions. 📖
Tone is the author's attitude towards a subject, whereas mood is how the audience feels (or the emotion the author creates). 😢
Tone and mood do go hand in hand, insofar as they are both demonstrated by imagery, diction (word choice), and syntax (sentence structure). Often times, mood is affected by the author's tone. ✅
Here is an example of a satiric tone, demonstrated by word choice: 🙄
- “One might be led to suspect that there were all sorts of things going on in the Universe which he or she did not thoroughly understand.” -Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Here is an instance of a peaceful mood: 😊
- “The river, reflecting the clear blue of the sky, glistened and sparkled as it flowed noiselessly on.” -Charles Dickens, Pickwick Papers