the “atmosphere” an author creates in his or her work by using diction that evokes a particular feeling or feelings in a reader
Mood is sometimes confused with tone. Tone is the author’s attitude toward a subject, character, or audience. As readers, we see it from a distance and say, “Oh, that author is sarcastic” or “The author seems to be frustrated.” But mood is how we as the reader feel when we read something. The author plans his or her words carefully in order to elicit a certain emotional response from the reader. In this way, the mood might be described as depressing or encouraging, for example.
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