Literary Device- Mood

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Literary Device 4: Mood Mood- or atmosphere, is the feeling created in the reader by a literary work or passage. Elements that can influence the mood of a word include its setting, tone, and events. Some mood words are calm, cranky, and anxious. (Prentice Hall Literature. Pearson Education Inc., 2012) Examples: “And, as if the gloom of the earth and sky had been but the effluence of these two mortal hearts, it vanished with their sorrow. All at once, as with a sudden smile of Heaven, forth burst the sunshine, pouring a very flood into the obscure forest, gladdening each green leaf, transmuting the yellow fallen ones to gold, and gleaming down the gray trunks of the solemn trees. The objects that had made a shadow hitherto, embodied the brightness now. The course of the little brook might be traced by its merry gleam afar into the wood’s heart of mystery, which had become a mystery of joy” (212). Function: Context: In The Scarlet Letter, Hester and Dimmesdale meet in the forest to talk about their relationship, their struggles, and their future together. After they decided to leave town together and start a new life, Hester took off her scarlet letter and felt the burden of shame, guilt, and sadness leave her spirit. Her appearance becomes radiant and alive as her emotions become filled with happiness. The murkiness of the dark forest disappeared along with both Hester and Dimmesdale’s misery. Hester, who is overjoyed by the thought of her future with Dimmesdale, calls Pearl to Dimmesdale. As Pearl walks slowly and cautiously towards Hester and Dimmesdale, Hester becomes impatient and decides to walk over to Pearl herself. Concept: The mood during Hester and Dimmesdale’s conversation in the forest is relieved and satiated as Hester and Dimmesdale are finally able to free themselves from the sin and secret they had been hiding for years. When Hester took
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