deadline — 16 sept PST 4:00 am early morning
Tone is an important part of this week’s essay. Rich’s tone shifts and changes multiple times throughout her essay, changing as her focus also changes. What is tone? ACcording to Literary Devices, a very useful website, “Tone is a literary device that reflects the writer’s attitude toward the subject matter or audience of a literary work. By conveying this attitude through tone, the writer creates a particular relationship with the reader that, in turn, influences the intention and meaning of the written words” (for more information check out the uploaded videos or https://literarydevices.net/tone/)
Authors sometimes use diction (word choice) and sentence structure (arrangement of words including repetition, parallel sentence or phrasal structures) to create tone in their writing.
Considering this week’s reading, “Why I Refused the National Medal for the Arts,” choose one passage (not more than one paragraph!) and show how Rich either uses diction (word choice) or sentence structure (the arrangement of words) to create tone in that passage. Be sure to identify a specific tone (i.e. make a claim about what Rich’s attitude is!)
Your post should consist of:
1. a topic sentence that makes a claim and identifies the formal element (diction or sentence structure) that you will analyze — “Rich uses diction/sentence structure to create a tone of (___) in parts of her essay”
2. examples from the essay — you should include at least one quotation.
3. analysis of the examples that shows how the diction/sentence structure affects the tone