WEEK 3 LESSON
SUBJECT : English Language
TOPIC : Reading to identify the writers mood, tone and purpose and the relationship between purpose and tone.
CLASS : SS1
MEANING OF MOOD, TONE AND PURPOSE.
Mood is a temporary state of mind or feeling. It is the authors or poets state of mind as at the time of writing.
An author will create mood through language. He does not tell the reader what to think rather, he utilize the elements of writing to create a particular and specific feelings for the reader. Mood is derived from setting, tone and diction. The mood could be joyous, happy, excited, defiance, pathos, depressed, sullen, angry etc. In terms of language use, the mood of the author at the time of writing tends to influence his choice of language if for instance, the writer is depressed, he tends to use harsh and bitter words but when the writer is happy or excited, the reverse becomes the case.
Tone is the attitude of the writer towards the subject or an object (work) or the way an author expresses his attitude through his writing or speech.
The tone can be formal or informal, serious, comic, sarcastic, sad, cheerful, joyful, threatening etc. Or it may be any other existing attitude. Your tone in writing will be reflective of your mood as you are writing or reading.
While purpose is the reason for which something is done, created, existed, made, used, etc. An intended or desired result. Or The aim of an author for writing a particular text.
RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PURPOSE, TONE AND MEANING.
The relationship between purpose tone and meaning is that : Purpose is the aim/goal for writing a passage. Tone is the manner in which those words are expressed. While meaning is all about the information.
DESCRIPTION OF HOW MOOD CAN AFFECT TONE.
In terms of language use, the mood of an author at the time of writing tends to influence the choice of language. If for instance, the writer is depressed, he tends to use harsh and bitter words. But when the writer is happy or excited (that is his mood) the reverse becomes the case. He tone will be interesting and appealing.
HOW TO IDENTIFY MOOD AND TONE FROM A GIVEN PASSAGE.
Mood and tone can be identified in a passage by looking at the setting, characters, details and word choices.
Identification of the authors mood and tone helps the reader to find the meaning in the passage and also feel more connected to the writer.
From the passage we read from New Concept English For Senior Secondary Schools bk1, the purpose of the author for writing the passage is to let the readers know that know that no matter the obstacles we face in life, we must not relent effort, we should put our trust in God.
The author was in an angry mood. He hated the way he was treated by his father’s siblings when his father died. His education would have ended if not for one woman that helped him. While narrating his ordeal to the audience, he used sad tone to express his grievances over his aunts behavior towards him that led to his suffering.
Read page 165 and 166 of New Concept English for Senior Secondary Schools book 1.
(1) Write what you feel is the authors purpose of writing the passage.
(2) Write the tone.
(3) And mood of the author.
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