What tone does author Malcolm Gladwell use in his book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking?
Tone, though easily confused with mood, refers to an author's "perspective or attitude" toward a subject, whereas mood refers to the emotions the author evokes in the reader through content due to the author's own emotions on the subject (Literary Devices, "Tone"; "Mood"). Examples of words used to describe tone are apathetic, authoritative, ironic, instructive, reflective, and questioning. Malcolm Gladwell certainly uses several tones to convey the arguments in his book Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, three of those tones being ironic, informative, and persuasive.
Gladwell uses an ironic tone as early as his introduction. Here, he goes to great lengths to describe in detail the California J. Paul Getty Museum's ironic purchase of a Greek statue from the 6th century BC called a kouros. The museum had devoted 14 months to investigating the authenticity of the statue before committing to the purchase. The investigation included dating the statue using core samples, tracing the documentation of...
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