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Brain Warmer: Write in at least 2 complete sentences: What event in Poe’s life could you most relate to? Why?

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Right Corner Heading:

Topic: Mood/Tone
Source: Lecture
Date: 1/–/13

Top line of paper:

Objective: SWBAT Identify the literary elements: setting, mood, and tone in a text
• Definition: how the writer’s words make READER feel emotion and the atmosphere
•Contributes to mood: Setting, characters, word choice, details
•Can be positive, negative
•Example Mood words: gloomy, cheerful, amusing, suspenseful
•Example Mood sentence: “The night was dark and stormy with a screaming wind and howling rain.” —Mood: ominous, scary
•Definition: The attitude the AUTHOR/STORYTELLER has toward the story/readers shown through the author’s choice of word
•Can be positive, negative, or neutral
•Example tone words: serious, bitter, joyous, humorous, sarcastic, suspicious
•Example tone sentence: “I’d rather stay here and wait, than go into that dark room.”—Tone: scared, suspicious

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Practice Tone and Mood
“Martin Vanger had contrived his private torture chamber with great care. On the left were chains, metal eyelets in the ceiling and floor, a table with leather straps where he could restrain his victims. And then the video equipment. A taping studio. In the back of the room was a steel cage for his guests. To the right of the door was a bench, a bed, and a TV corner with videos on a shelf.”  (from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson)
1. The author’s tone in this passage is: _______________________
2. The closest mood of this passage is:

 “She was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. Her long, flowing locks looked like they were made of gold. Her eyes the color of dark chocolate. He couldn’t wait to see her again….”

Pick the pair of words for the emotions you might feel while reading this quote. Think about why you have the emotions you picked. You may pick more than 1….

happy/pleasing — mean/cruel — annoying/displeasing — mad/angry —  exciting/thrilling —  sad/heartbreaking — scary/frightening —  boring/uninteresting —  calm/neutral

Reading “The Masque of the Red Death” with Audio

Link to story with audio:

(Yellow Textbooks Page 53) Read along with the audio. Look for the mood, tone, and the gothic details about setting.

Read through to the end of Paragraph 3, ending with:

“It was toward the close of the fifth or sixth month of his seclusion, and while the pestilence raged most furiously abroad, that the Prince Prospero entertained his thousand friends at a masked ball of the most unusual magnificence.”

Mood of Paragraph 1: frigthening, gruesome, horrifying

Tone of Paragraph 1: ominous, frightening, morbid

Mood of Paragraph 2: light-hearted, calm

Tone of Paragraph 2: calculated, mysterious