The Old Man and the Sea
by Ernest Hemingway
Take a story's temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?
Factual, but sympathetic
The author clearly feels something for the old man and his struggles. There’s not really any humor, and the whole fishing endeavor is taken very seriously. The simple statement of emotions and thoughts gives us a raw view into the head and heart of this endearing fisherman.