People are often confused about the mood and tone of a literary piece. The mood is how the reader feels. "The term mood is often used synonymously with atmosphere…"
The tone is how the author feels. The tone is...
...the way [the author] conveys [his/her] attitudes about particular characters and subject-matter
In Louise Erdrich's "The Red Convertible," because of the nature of the story, it may be easy to struggle with separating the two. The opening lines of the story reveal nothing to indicate what ultimately happens to the characters:
We owned [the convertible] together until his boots filled with water on a windy night and he bought out my share.
However, by the end of the tale, the reader recognizes these details as foreshadowing , and the fate of the car and Lyman's brother are revealed. The plot development has taken the reader along, creating a mood that is infinitely sad. Henry and Lyman have lived the best times of their lives together with that car—until Henry comes home from...
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