Interpretive fiction presents the reader with significant insights
into life and into human nature. Such truths take a greater hold when they
are conveyed through our feelings as well as through our intellect.
* Identifying the tone or mood is often an important clue to help
the reader discover literary themes. * Considering how a writer creates a certain tone or mood helps
the reader appreciate the author's style.
Tone= Style or Manner of expression in speech or writing.
The Dictionary of Literary Terms by Martin Gray (Longman/York Press,
1996, ISBN 0-582-08037-1) gives the following for tone: "…Tone is thus a critical concept which implies that literature
is like speech, requiring a speaker and a listener, tone being the attitude
adopted by the speaker to the listener ---the author's attitude toward
the work, events, characters, or the reader/audience --
and understood from the kind of syntax and vocabulary used. For
the full understanding of a work it is essential to recognize its tone
or range of tones, however difficult that may be, especially for non-native
speakers of English.
Irony, for example, in which an author does not mean what he or she
says, may pass unnoticed, if the tone of a passage is misunderstood."
Mood= Atmosphere, State of mind.
"The Dictionary of Literary Terms" gives for Mood: Mood (OE 'mind, feeling' from ON 'anger') A term used synonymously
with atmosphere to indicate in a literary work the prevailing feeling
or frame of mind, especially at the start of a play, poem or novel, creating
a sense of expectation about what is to follow.