Establishing the Link Between Tone and Point of View
Tone and point of view are both literary concepts, which provide the reader with an understanding of the author’s meaning of a story. Tone represents the writer’s attitude toward the material, the readers or both. Tone can be angry, ironic, serious, depressed, etc. Through the use of tone, the reader can understand the personality of the narrator. Point of view is the perspective from which the story is told. Point of view can be represented in first person, omniscient narrator, camera’s eye point of view and objective point of view, these are only a few types of point of view. Once the reader understands these concepts, he can understand the author’s intent and meaning.
In the story, “There Will come Soft Rains,” the point of view is third person omniscient. This means the reader sees the story not through the character’s eyes, but through all of the views. The tone is ominous, fateful, and ironic. It’s ironic, because Ray Bradbury depicts the story through many adjectives, as well as personification. “An aluminum wedge scraped them into the sink, where hot water whirled them down a metal throat which digested and flushed them away to the distant sea,” (Bradbury). For example, Bradbury describes a perfect house, but then the reader finds out everyone is dead. “The morning house lay empty,”(Bradbury). “The house stood alone in a city of rubble and ashes. This was the one house left
standing. At night the ruined city gave off a radioactive glow which could be seen for miles,”(Bradbury). Bradbury uses the point of view and tone together to describe the irony in this story.
Julio Cortazar’s story, “House Taken Over,” has the point of view of first person limited, which allows the reader to see from one person’s specific point of view. The tone is flat, resigned, and very detached. The point Cortazar was trying to get across was that the modern world today, may become like this house. Our...
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