Mood is the feeling that the reader gets from the writing.
Mood vs Tone
Mood and tone are very similar, so it is very easy to confuse the two. However, they are two separate parts of literature so you have to know the difference.
Tone is the attitude the author has toward the subject they are writing about. Mood is the way the reader interprets the writing.
A slideshow that defines the difference between Tone and Mood.
The difference between Mood and Tone
Examples of Mood and Tone words
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