Rules Questions and Answers
by Cynthia Lord

Start Your Free Trial

What is the overall tone in the novel, Rules, by Cynthia Lord?

Expert Answers info

booboosmoosh eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2003

write4,119 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences

In the novel Rules by Cynthia Lord, I think the author is addressing the frustrations people experience in the face of disabilities.

To start, tone is defined as:

...the writer's attitude toward the material and/or readers.

This should not be confused with mood. In looking at tone, in Rules we are interested in how the author feels about his or her subject.

In essence, the book gets its name at first from the rules that Catherine writes down for her autistic brother, David, who she often cares for. These rules are set up to protect him from getting hurt. Catherine loves her brother, but it is easy to imagine that caring for him has its drawbacks. For instance, it interferes with her ability to make friends with a new neighbor who does not understand David's condition or limitations.

When Catherine goes to her brother's occupational therapy meeting, she meets another young man there, Jason, who is about her age. He is confined to a wheelchair, but additionally he cannot speak. He must communicate...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 715 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

litteacher8 eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2008

write15,967 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Social Sciences