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What is the mood of a story?

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The mood of a story is its emotional backdrop or atmosphere, created through descriptions and details including tone, setting, characterization, and diction. 

 


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The mood of a story is the atmosphere that the writer creates in order to arouse a specific emotional response in the reader.

In order to achieve the desired atmosphere, authors resort to various combinations of elements such as setting -the description of the place and time in which the story takes place, for example- and tone -the author's attitude to his subject matter and characters.

Besides descriptive adjectives and suitable verbs, figures of speech play a most important part in conveying mood. You will find that the most effective are similes and metaphors.

Let us have an example. In The Schopenhauer Cure, a novel about a psychiatrist that must cope with a terminal disease, Irvin Yalom writes, "Why rush to the exit door before closing time?" We know from previous paragraphs that Yalom is talking about death. Would the effect be the same on the reader if he had put it as "Why give up the joys of living before death reaches us?" Certainly not. His metaphor softens the anxiety of death and shows us that the character feels moderately optimistic at this stage of his disease. As the story develops, the character's discourse will take on darker hues, and the mood will consequently change.

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One of the first authors to recognize the importance of mood in a short story was Poe. He thought it was so important that he theorized that a short story should create one over-reaching mood. Read "The Black Cat" or "The Tell-Tale Heart" and notice how Poe uses language to create a mood of horror, terror, and irrationality.

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user1779971 | Student

the mood is the way the writing makes you feel so examples like **happy, sad, haunting, exuberated**

user173099 | Student

well.....idk let me check the web first....Oh ok I got it it means the feeling ur having soooo.......for example...."happy, sad, angry" and more!

user173099 | Student

I don't care this is so stupid 

atyourservice | Student

The mood of a story is the atmosphere that the writer creates by using specific words. For example the mood of the story could be sad, or happy.

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maria-vivanco | Student

A mood of a story is how the plot unravels and how to narration is portrayed. its the emotion it conveys. For example, a depressing story about someone dying can have a sad mood if the narrator is conveying that emotion. 

crystaltu001 | Student

The mood is the atmosphere of the story and how the story feels

arrellbelle | Student

Mood is an element of literature. It is the author's way of creating an atmosphere within the store, whether it was anger or delight, and capturing the audience or reader emotionally or psychology. It helps for a reader to submerge themselves within the story when they can grasp the idea and feelings.

udonbutterfly | Student

The mood of the tory is basically the atmosphere of the story. Mostly how the books has made you feel as the reader. For example, if the setting described something such as "smooth snow plastered everywhere with bright lights dance in every which way and the smell of warm cookies drifting under your nose." This would prehaps create an atmosphere warmth and happiness.

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Wiggin42 | Student

Its easy to confuse mood and tone. My teacher explained it as equating tone with characters and mood with setting. A character's actions and words sets the tone of a prose. The setting and atmosphere create the mood. Dark rolling clouds, thunder, and lighting in Frankenstein create a somber and evil mood. 

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ik9744 | Student

The mood of a story is how the story feels. It's atmosphere of the story, if the mood of the book is happy or sad the book would be the mood.

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parama9000 | Student

The mood is basically the atmosphere the writer wants you to imagine as the scene unfolds so as to evoke emotions in the reader.

acompanioninthetardis | Student

A mood of the story is the feeling that the work creates in the reader, its the aura that it radiates. So for example, 

"the man's dark dreary gloves rested calmly on his throne of gold" this sentence creates a powerful and somewhat intimidating mood. 

    whereas

"the little bunny scrunched his nose and hopped along behind the little girl" creates an innocent/ calm and happy mood. 

zumba96 | Student

A mood in a story is the feeling that a reader gets while reading the story. The feelings can be about happiness, sorrow, emotions, struggles or grief. It is a feeling that the author creates in writing to be understood by the reader.

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thewanderlust878 | Student

The mood of a story is the feeling and/or atmosphere that the author creates through details, characters, and setting. Usually these words include sights, sounds, smells, or other adjectives. Through these descriptive words the author paints a picture of mystery, peace, chaos, happiness, sadness, etc. This is different from tone, which is the author's specific attitude towards the story. 

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Yojana_Thapa | Student

Mood is the atmosphere. We can know the mood by the setting and the tone that the author uses.

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msnewbooklover | Student
Mood is an emotional state or attitude.

Definitions
1. a state or quality of feeling at a particular time: What's the boss' mood today?
2. a distinctive emotional quality or character: The mood of the music was almost funereal.
3. a prevailing emotional tone or general attitude: the country's mood.
4. a frame of mind disposed or receptive, as to some activity or thing: I'm not in the mood to see a movie.
5. a state of sullenness, gloom, or bad temper (i.e. moody)
 
 




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op1122 | Student

Based on the describing info in the story so far, what is the vibe that is given off to you,the reader

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tema09 | Student

It's basically the atmosphere in the story..such as having a happy mood and at the end its a sad mood. Basicallyits the feelings the author creates in his/her writings.

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