Tone refers to how the author feels about a topic or story. At the beginning of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout shows how she feels about Maycomb by first describing her ancestor, Simon Finch, who settled twenty miles west of the town. It seems as though she is proud of her ancestor, but also states with great concern the following:
"Simon would have regarded with impotent fury the disturbance between the North and the South, as it left his descendants stripped of everything but their land" (4).
If Simon would be disappointed to know that his posterity had nothing more to show for his hard work and wealth than land, then the tone in the above passage reveals a sense of loss. She verbalizes what many in Maycomb feel--that the Civil War is to blame for their poverty.
Next, Scout describes the town of Maycomb as she remembers it during her childhood in the 1930s. Since...
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