What is the tone throughout the novel ? Describe the tone using one word!

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The tone of the story is reminiscent.

Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject.  The tone changes from scene to scene.  Notice that the Tom Robinson story is framed by the Boo Radley story.  The book focuses on an older Jean Finch looking back on her childhood, remembering the events that shaped her.

Notice how the book beings:

When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out. (chapter 1)

 It’s as if she is looking back at what happened, and re-examining events from a more mature perspective.


Posted on

We’ll help your grades soar

Start your 48-hour free trial and unlock all the summaries, Q&A, and analyses you need to get better grades now.

  • 30,000+ book summaries
  • 20% study tools discount
  • Ad-free content
  • PDF downloads
  • 300,000+ answers
  • 5-star customer support
Start your 48-Hour Free Trial