Are you struggling to find the perfect accent? Perhaps the tone of your inner story, now, can be better described as worried about himself or confusion.
We are here to reduce confusion.
What is sound?
It’s not just one author’s voice.
Instead, tone describes how the narrator or writer feels about their subject. The tone of the page can be positive, funny, sad… or something else entirely.
Tone, in writing, is a literary device that shows us how the writer feels about the subject – or, in some cases, their audience.
In fiction, sound can also express the narrator’s feelings or thoughts: in this case, it is important to distinguish between the writer’s character and the person’s character.
(Be careful not to give the writer ideas they may not agree with.)
Sound is conveyed through careful word selection, often involving figurative language such as images and people. Text, as well as sentence structure and sentence length, can also affect tone.
Why use phonics in writing?
Every character has a tone – even if the tone is dry and true. Authors deliberately create tone, so that they have:
- Create a more attractive page: which reaches the target audience on an emotional level, making a connection between the writer and the reader.
- Add different levels to their work: The tone of the page can say a lot more than the subject at hand.
- Position themselves, as writers, in one direction. A non-fiction writer might use a light and humorous tone to seem approachable, for example.
- Create an emotional connection. Although this is usually done by the position of the page, the tone can also make the reader feel. A negative tone – something quiet about the music in the word – can be dead or touching.
The difference between sound and mood
It’s easy to get confused between the tone and the mood of the piece. Here’s how they compare:
- Speak up tells us how the writer (or reporter or thinker) views the issue. They can be cruel, horrible, angry, negative, or something else entirely.
- Feelings is the atmosphere or ambiance of the piece. It is how the author wants the reader to feel. The mood of the piece can be scary, funny, uplifting, or shocking.
Often, sound and mood will work together in harmony, so it’s easy to confuse them. The character can be scary and the writer wants the reader to feel fear.
Both sound and location can also make a difference. Perhaps the sound is simple and meaningless, but the reader knows something very dark under the surface, making the situation suspicious.
7 Common Sounds in Text (+ Examples)
Although there are many sounds that can be made for paper, there are some common sounds. Let’s look at seven of those – with examples.
Every young man starting out in life should know how to deal with angry swans, so I will outline the proper method in brief. You start by picking up a raincoat that someone has dropped; and then, judging from distance and beauty, you throw the raincoat over the bird’s head; and, taking the boat-hook which you had so cleverly brought, put it under the swan and up.PG Plant, All right, Jeeves
2. Very dangerous
Two things are going to happen in Britain. Ministers next month will increase the value of profit by only 3.1% – the equivalent of a reduction in real terms due to rising inflation. At the same time, housing prices will recover: electricity bills will increase by 54% from April alongside record high rents and national insurance increases.
My heart sank at the thought of sharing a home with him again, and we were all blown away by the storm of his illness. I stopped calling him. Writing a check reassured my conscience when I thought I couldn’t risk my mental health by putting my head in the fire of his rage.
4. Word of truth
We don’t want apples from the swamp, to be honest. Ben could buy them from Mr Phelps’ shop if he really wanted them. It’s also true: going to the swamp to pick a few apples is not a job for a man cuz men are not allowed to be at work.Patrick Ness, Beauty that doesn’t let go
Universal Income (UBI) is a robust policy plan that provides monthly cash grants to members of the community without any test, regardless of personal income, with no strings attached, and, under most plans, in enough quality to be able to. a life of economic insecurity.
‘Hey Clark,’ he said. Tell me something good.’ I looked out the window at the blue Swiss sky and told him the story of two people. Two people who shouldn’t have met, and who didn’t like each other when they did, but found out that they are the only two people in the world who can understand each other. I also told him about the things that happened to them, the places they went, and the things I had seen that I did not expect.Jojo Moyes, Me before You
We are tired and weary. Bone-strength and tears. But in the end, it was all too much. In my case, the stress of trying to keep all the balls in the air led to two severe bouts of depression in my 30s.
10 Examples of Sound in Literature, Poetry, and Pop Culture
Next, we’ll dig into some examples of tone from literature, poetry, and pop culture, so you can see exactly how writers create the tone of a page.
Examples of sounds in books
1. The Hobbit, JRR Tolkein (1937)
In a hole on the floor, there is a hobby. It is not a dirty, dirty, wet hole, filled to the brim with worms and something oozy, or a dry, bare, sandy hole without anything in it to sit or on it: it is a hobbit-hole and that means. comfort. It has a fully circular door like a doorway, painted green, with a bright golden head in the middle.
If The Hobbit, Tolkein adopts a leisurely, conversational tone, as if speaking to a child. This is not a big surprise: the stories started as bedtime stories told to his own children.
2. The Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (1968)
The name he was born with when he was a child, Duny, was given to him by his mother, and that and his life were all she could give him, because she died before he was a year old. His father, the coppersmith of the town, was a man of few words, and since Duny’s six brothers were many years older than him and went one by one from home to farm or sail or work as an artist. Other villages in the Northward Vale, no one raised the child with tenderness.
Here, Le Guin uses a tone of truth and a little bit, which creates a sense of distance between the reader and the story – and also shows his empty world (Earthsea) in the right way.
3. Chocolate, Joanne Harris (1999)
We came in the wind of the carnival. A warm breeze for February, filled with the sweet smell of frying pancakes and sausages and waffles fried on the side of the road, and confetti hanging down necks and cuffs turn to the goal like a stupid block. cold.
The unique sound of Chocolate – magical, extreme, and rich – is one of the things that Joanne Harris is rightly praised for.
4. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins (2008)
[Buttercup] hate me Or at least don’t trust me. Even though it was years ago, I think he still remembers how I tried to drown him in the bucket when Prim brought him home. The kid is crawling, bloated with worms, and has a beard. The last thing I need is another mouthful for food. But Prim begged her so much, cried even, I had to let her stay.
Katniss’s narrator’s voice gives us an impersonal, emotionless tone. There are hints of something rather jaded here: “the last thing I want is another mouth to eat.”
Examples of sound in poetry
A poem can take on many different sounds, conveying these through careful use of the choice of words, and even through devices such as line breaks and rhyme schemes.
5. The Octopus, Ogden Nash (1902-1971)
Tell me, Octopus, I beg
Are those arms, or legs?
I was surprised, Octopus;
If I were you, I would call me We.
The humor of Ogden Nash’s poem is evident in the tone of Octopuswhich combines classic sounds, common sounds (“I’m in awe of you”) and unusual sounds (“are those arms or legs?”)
6. William Blake, The Tyger (1794)
Tyger Tyger, shine bright
In the forest of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
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There’s a great soundtrack to The Tyger, with great hits (“lit up” and “forest of the night”) and songs.
7. The Hero, Siegfried Sassoon (1917)
The woman quietly left.
He told some gallant lies to poor old people
He thought that ‘Jack’, a pig with cold feet, was useless,
I was scared in the pit that night of the bombing
Climb the Wicked Corner; how he tried
You will send home, and how, in the end, he died,
Bubble it in small pieces. And it seems that no one cares about him
Except for the lonely woman with white hair.
The sound of the torture and the cold, clearly reveals the fear and reality of war – Siegfried Sassoon is one of the poets of World War 1.
Examples of Sound in Pop Culture
Sound is not limited to text work. Let’s look at some examples of sound from TV and movies.
8. Brooklyn 99 (2013 – 2021)
Brooklyn 99 has a crazy, soulful sound, which is provided by the dialogue – but also by the presentation (like the picture of Holt showing Peralta in this clip).
9. Firefly (2002 – 2003)
Firefly’s tone can be bleak and dark at times – but there’s also a good amount of irreverent humor running through the series. Humor is often used to break up serious, dramatic moments, such as when Captain Malcolm Reynolds knocks Crow into a speeding machine.
10. The Sims (2000 onwards)
Quadpod Grill description, from The Sims 4:
The high-tech heater and the lid of the Quadpod make it even easier to cook every time. That’s not to say you shouldn’t burn your hot dog…just make sure you have the problem.
The Sims’ sense of humor (and refusal to take itself too seriously) shows in the details – and in the game in general.
Use these phonetic examples to deepen your understanding
If you don’t already have a handle on sound, go back to the different sound effects above.
You can compare two different intonation patterns, looking closely at word choice, sentence structure, and more, to see What exactly they produce such different sounds.
The next time you read something – whether it’s a blog post, an article, or a newspaper – pay attention to the tone.
What does the author, or character, tell you about their behavior in the story?