Presentation on theme: "Mood Introductory video: “Tone and Mood in Literature” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDUhDV-72S0."— Presentation transcript:
1 MoodIntroductory video: “Tone and Mood in Literature”
2 Why Mood MattersMood is an important literary element because it influences the way readers feel about what they are reading.Mood can draw a reader into a story and can compel a reader to continue to read.
3 MoodDefinition:The feeling or impression the author creates with his writingAlso refers to the feelings the reader has about the characters or setting in a story
4 Identifying mood, in general Mood can be identified by analyzing:The setting of a storyThe character’s actions and dialogue
5 Identifying Mood through Analyzing Setting Writers often select/create a setting that will impart the mood they wish to instill in their readersWriters will use a variety of imagery devices to vividly describe the setting so that readers can picture in their minds how the setting looks, smells, sounds, etc.: sensory details!
6 Identifying Mood through Character’s Words & Actions Readers need to recognize/analyze the following:Situation in which the character is involvedCharacter’s reactions to the situationCharacter’s reactions to other charactersCharacter’s body languageCharacter’s tone of voiceWhat the characters say to and about othersThe character’s thoughts and emotions
7 Words to Describe MoodJust about any word that can describe an emotion can describe the mood in a story. The following list is just some examples:CheerfulHumorousPeacefulLightTenseDarkScarysuspensefulTerrorApprehensiveOminousAnxiousMelancholyRomanticLonelySadDrearyMysteriousCalmAngryViolentExcitingColdFearful
8 Steps to Identifying Mood Identify the situation—what is the character doing?Find the key words and phrases that show the character’s reactions to the situationAsk yourself: What mood is shown by the character’s reactions?