Tone/Tonal Shift

In The Book Thief


The general attitude of a place, piece of writing, or situation

Tonal Shift

When tone changes throughout the story. At the beginning of the story the tone can be neutral but by the end the tone could be negative.

How to identify tone ?

You can identify tone by by the words the author uses. These words could be friendly, desperate, or dramatic.

How to identify tonal shift ?

You can identify tonal shift by reviewing the whole book to an seeing the choice of words in the beginning, middle, and end.

Tone created by Death

So far death has been pretty neutral. Staying out of things and just laying out what it happening.

Tonal Shift created by death

The tonal shift created by death is very interesting at the beginning of the story he was in the negative mood because the young boy died but now he is neutral telling a story about liesel