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|Before you begin your explication, you might first want to look at a list of things to look for when explicating.
Once you feel comfortable with some of the terms discussed there, get the work you are explicating in front of you and read it a few times, at least once out loud. Then follow the instructions below. Type your answers to each task in the box below it. When you have filled in all the boxes, click on the button at the bottom of the page and you will be well on your way with an explication.
Step 1: Examine the mood of the work.
Does the work express an overall emotion or mood? If so, what is it? Who is the narrator and what kind of tone does he or she use? What words, images or ideas give you a sense of the tone?
Write about the tone of the work in the box below:
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