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Analysis: Tone

Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

Sympathetic, Thoughtful, Self-conscious

Laurence Yep invests Moon Shadow with a lot of heart in a book that also is historically aware and self-conscious about being put forth into literary history. The Afterword is a perfect example of Yep's self-reflective tone as an author since he, you know, directly speaks to the reader as the author. Yep specifically points out that the story is based on a real person and event and that Dragonwings is a fictitious work.

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