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What is one example of tone used in the novel (tone used in literacy terms)?

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masterreader1 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2007 at 9:20 AM via web

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What is one example of tone used in the novel (tone used in literacy terms)?

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 15, 2007 at 11:49 AM (Answer #1)

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Lee's tone towards the educational system is negative and critical.  Consider this quote:

"The Dewey Decimal System consisted, in part, of Miss Caroline waving cards at us on which were printed "the," "cat," "rat," "man," and "you." No commend seemed to be expected of us, and the class received these impressionistic revelations in silence. I was bored, so I began a letter to Dill. Miss Caroline caught me writing and told me to tell my father to stop teaching no."

That Scout, the narrator, has misunderstood the Dewey Decimal System and that she presents Miss Caroline as naive and incompetent demonstrates Lee's criticism.

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sagetrieb | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 15, 2007 at 7:46 PM (Answer #2)

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Tone is the attitude of the writer toward her subject matter, characters, and sometimes toward her readers. Because the narrator is an adult talking about her younger self, the tone is sometimes ironic in that there is a disparity between what the younger and older self know.  We see this, for example, in the opening sentence of chapter 10:  "Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty."  Even the next sentences begin to qualify this, but the narrator is smiling to herself as she says these words because she knows he was not feeble, but the child Scout does not:  to a child of eight, 50 is feeble.

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puppydoglove | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2011 at 7:08 AM (Answer #3)

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The tone would probably be innocence and or childish.

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