Friday, August 1, 2008

Tone and Atmosphere in “The Sniper”

The tone and atmosphere in the short story, “The Sniper” is seen throughout the story in the author's writing. Tone, mood and atmosphere are shown in the expressions through the author’s words and perspective. The tone and atmosphere help the reader to understand what the story is about, where it takes place and why.

The tone of the story is full of suspense, the story, “The Sniper”, took place at night in a city that was at war. “The long June twilight faded into the night” .It makes one think what will happen as you read the story. “The sniper could hear the dull panting of the motor. His heart beat faster”. The author wants the reader to feel the suspense kicking in, and it makes one want to continue reading to find out what is going to happen next.

The atmosphere of “The Sniper” refers to the mood of the story, Dark. The mood of the story is seen in certain words words. “He became bitten by remorse.” The words ruse, remorse, dying, pain, and weakness helps the reader understand the dark atmosphere. The words make the reader feel like that something has gone wrong.

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