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Tone and Attitude Labels

Scarlet Letter Unit 2011-2012
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acquiescence
quietly agreeing, submission; consent or compliance without protest
affable
friendly, pleasant; ready/willing to act, answer, agree; open to influence
pathetic
lame; arousing pity or sorrow
blithe
carefree, lighthearted
acquiescent
Hester was ___________ when she agreed to Chillingworth to not disclose his true identity when she was in the jail cell
pathetic
-Dimmesdale was very _________ in terms of his health
blithe
Pearl is very _________
brooding
sad; thinking deeply or worrying anxiously
brooding
Dimmesdale epitomizes this characteristic
cacophonous
noisy; harsh, jarring sound
cacophonous
Beat! Beat! Drums! is an example of this
cadence
fall of voice in speaking; flow of rhythm; measured
celebratory
happy; observing (a day or event) with ceremonies of respect, festivity, or rejoicing; to extol or praise
celebratory
Dimmesdale's Election Day sermon was very __________ on the surface, but had a dark undertone
coercive
manipulative; forced to think or act in a certain way; dominate, restrain, control forcibly; bring about by force
coercive
Chillingworth epitomizes this in his actions towards Dimmesdale
cynical
pessimistic; belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
disdainful
regard or treat with contempt; despise; reject aloofly, scorn
disdain
the people of Providence treated Hester with much ________ after she was found to have sinned
elegiac
of or relating to mournful poem/song; expressing sorrow; mournful
elegiac
The Cross of Snow conveyed this tone
enigmatic
mysterious; puzzling; ambiguous; inexplicable
enigmatic
Pearl is very _________ to many of the people in Providence
euphonious
agreeable sounding, especially of words pleasing to the ear
impassioned
passionate; fervent
impassioned
Chillingworth is ________ in his desire to make Dimmesdale feel guilty
ironic
happening in a way contrary to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement
ironic
much of Scarlet Letter is _________
-creating a "new" world using old world foundations
-Dimmesdale's plea to Hester to name the father of Pearl
-Hester's refusal to leave Providence despite the others' ostracism of her
derisive
expressing contempt or ridicule
derisive
the Puritan children were very _______ towards Pearl
lament
mourn; passionate expression of grief or sorrow; a song/music/poem expressing grief; a complaint
malice
mean; desire to harm someone; wrongful intention
malice
Chillingworth displays much ______ towards Dimmesdale
menacing
threatening, suggesting presence of danger
menacing
-Chillingworth was very _________ towards Dimmesdale
-the Puritan children were very ________ towards Pearl
objective
unbiased, not influenced by personal feelings or opinion in considering/representing facts
objective
I cannot think of one ________ person throughout the entire book
propitious
giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable
propitious
-the meteor was considered very ______ in terms of Governor Winthrop's ascension to heaven
recalcitrant
having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline
recalcitrant
Pearl is extremely ___________
satiric
tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with intent of correcting, or changing; subject of satiric attack
staid
sedate, respectable, unadventurous
staid
with the exception of one instance, Dimmesdale is very ______
subjective
based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions
subjective
the Romantic literary movement leaned more towards this view
subjugate
bring under domination or control, especially by conquest
subjugated
in a way, Chillingworth _________ Dimmesdale, especially when he suggested they move into a house together
supplicant
ask or beg for something earnestly
supplicated
Dimmesdale ________ a lot when he was asking Bellingham to let Hester keep Pearl and when he asked Hester to reveal Pearl's father
unremitting
never relaxing or slackening; incessant
unremitting
Dimmesdale was ________ in his punishment of himself
wry
dry, especially mocking humor; distorted sense of humor
wry
when Dimmesdale was asking Hester to reveal Pearl's father, it showed that Hawthorne is very _____
euphonious
Dimmesdale's sermons were very _________