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To find evidence of an author's tone, you first need to know what it means.
📝 The pure dictionary definition of tone is the author's attitude towards the writing.
Tone is described using adjectives, such as cheerful or cynical.
🗣 Tone is conveyed, however, using imagery, syntax (sentence structure), diction (word choice), and the narrator (if there is one).
Here are two contrasting passages where you can figure out the tone:
- "Your success in the ring this morning was, to a small degree, my success. Your future is assured. You will live, secure and safe, Wilbur. Nothing can harm you now." -E.B. White, Charlotte's Web 🐷
- "There was a steaming mist in all the hollows, and it had roamed in its forlornness up the hill, like an evil spirit, seeking rest and finding none. A clammy and intensely cold mist, it made its slow way through the air in ripples" -Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities 🌇 🌆
In the first excerpt, the tone is accepting and peaceful, demonstrated by the word choice. In the second excerpt, word choice and imagery indicate a mysterious tone.