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Definition of tone and tonal shift

Tone: is a literary compound of composition, which shows the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied in a literary work tone may be formal, informal, intimate, solemn, somber, playful, serious, ironic, condescending, or many other possible attitudes.

Tonal shift: The tone of a piece only refers to attitude of the author if writing is non literary in nature.In many cases the tone of a work change and shift as the speaker or narrator's perspective on a particular subject alters throughout the piece.

How to identify tone and tonal shift

Tone can change very quickly, or may remain the same throughout the story. Tone is expressed by your use of syntax, your point of view, your diction, and the level of formality in your writing.


Examples of tone in a story:


  • *Scared
  • *Anxious
  • *Excited
  • *Worried
  • *Foolish
  • *Smart
  • *Depressing

  • Tonal Shift: tone shifts are what makes the story exciting, taking the reader through a wide range of emotions. Tone is one tool that an author uses to define characters and set the scene. There are too many tones. There are many ways an author can use the tools of their trade to create a tone shift.


    Examples of tone shift:

    *happy

    *sad

    *sarcastic

    *mad

    *scary

    *love

    *hate

    *scary

    *comfortable