Literary Mood How are you feeling? Mood The feeling created in the reader’s mind. Setting, tone, and plot influence mood. Setting Plot Tone Mood Setting When and where the story takes place. Setting can have a big effect on mood. Examples: An old haunted castle 200 years ago. A bright field of flowers. A rainy battlefield during WWII. Plot Events in the story. Plot also affects mood. Examples: A young girl is followed by a strange man. A lover hunts for the most beautiful flower. A man in the woods must fight to survive. Tone The narrator’s attitude toward his characters, subject, or readers. Tone is similar to tone of voice. Examples: Serious, sarcastic, grave, lighthearted, cheerful, cynical, confident, worried, frustrated, dreary, cranky, excited Example of Tone The bright rays of the warm sun cheered us. That big stupid sun is giving me a headache. Mood Words Negative Moods Gloomy Despairing Dreadful Mournful Desolate Foreboding Haunting Embarrassing Cold Neutral Moods Boring Lazy Melancholy Calm Apathetic Positive Moods Triumphant Exciting Celebratory Joyful Silly Peaceful Playful Hopeful Warm Identifying Mood 1. Look at the setting, plot, and tone. 2. Ask, “How does this make me feel?” 3. Find supporting information.