Day 10 of Spring Break – TONE QUESTIONS – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

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Read the extract and for each decide what tone is being used, listing the words/phrases which helped you. 2

1. He walked into the immense cathedral, looked down the length of his nose and simply sniffed, proclaiming a tiny ‘humph’, before just glancing around. The golden coloured alter, with intricate brass carving he dismissed as ‘brass and stuff’. The flowers he shrugged at, before turning on his heels, unimpressed and bored.

2. Gosh, you won’t believe what I’ve done now. How could anyone have been so stupid? After the last time you’d have thought I’d have known better, wouldn’t you?

3. I just couldn’t believe the nerve of the man, and my face reddens whenever I think of it. How dare he speak to me like that, with such a condescending tone of voice. Who gave him the right to treat anyone like that? He really made my blood boil.

1 thought on “Day 10 of Spring Break – TONE QUESTIONS – Reading for Understanding, Analysis and Evaluation

  1. Technique – Tone
    The writer creates a dismissive tone
    The tone is created through the use of “looking down the length of his nose”
    This suggests that he is far to snobbish to consider what he is looking at of any value. This helps develop the argument that he is completely dismissive of anything that catches his eye and looks good to the reasonable person.

    Technique – Tone
    The writer creates a self depreciating tone.
    The tone is created through the use of “How could I have been so stupid”
    This suggests that she is personally beating herself up for making mistakes.
    This helps develop the argument that her berating commentary and self correction is indicative of low self confidence.

    Technique – Tone
    The writer creates and angry tone.
    This tone is created through the use of “how dare he speak to me like that”
    This suggests that she is shocked and rather incredulous that he would speak to her like that in a way that she is not used to.
    This helps develop the argument that she is absolutely furious and just cant believe what had just happened.

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