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What is the mood/tone in "A Jury of Her Peers"?

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Mood and tone are similar things, but are not the same. Be aware of the differences when analyzing a work of literature. 

The tone refers to the attitude of the author toward the situation of the story, the characters, and other specific details. We can tell from Glaspell's choice of vocabulary the tone she wishes to convey onto the reader, in order to express the overall emotion that the situation, or the character, may elicit. 

Some words that are used to describe tone include:

  • amused
  • pessimistic
  • sarcastic
  • playful
  • optimistic
  • depressing
  • hopeless

Clearly, there are many more, but you can see how these words are dependent on the setting and the word choice to instill feelings.

In the story "A Jury of Her Peers", the tone changes from one situation to the next.

Here is an example of irony, sarcasm, and ridicule. When Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters notice that there is a complete disarray in Minnie's stitching pattern, they start to realize that Minnie's state of mind was in equal chaos.

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