Tone: Sound, attitude
Objective Tone: In writing, objective tone refers to a “factual, impersonal, formal sound.” Objective language emphasizes the facts of an argument — not the personal opinions of the writer, not the reader, and not the writing itself. Basically, objective writing sounds factual, not personal. As a result, it tends to sound more formal, too.
Note: Objective tone might include opinions, but they will sound factual. Choosing Tone: Before you write, you should consider the tone, or “sound,” that you want for your work. Consider these 2 factors when choosing tone: Audience: To whom are you writing? (Your friend, your community, etc.)
Purpose: Why are you writing? (To convince, to entertain, to apply, etc.)
Use the directions for the assignment to help you figure out your audience and purpose. For example, if you’re asked to write a diary entry, then you should probably use subjective tone to give the entry a personal feel. If, on the other hand, you’re asked to write a news report, then you should probably use objective tone so your writing will draw attention to the news, rather than to you, the writer; to your reader; or to the writing itself. Also, consider your audience (readers). In other words, ask yourself who might read your work and how you would want them to react to it. Ask yourself, Should the tone be objective (factual) or subjective (personal) for this particular audience?
Remember:Tone refers to the way your writing sounds. Think of ways people use the word “tone”:
Note: Often, a writer can change subjective tone to objective tone simply by
removing direct references to the writer, her reader, or her writing (the 3 R’s).
Ex:Notice that, by removing “I think that,” the writer has created objective tone:
Subjective Tone: I think Darth Vader is an evil character.
Objective Tone: Darth Vader is an evil character.
Directions: USE PENCIL. Look at each sentence provided. Then write the tone of this sentence, either objective (factual / formal) or subjective (personal / less formal). Underneath the sentence provided, re-write the sentence with the opposite tone, and then identify the tone of your re-written sentence. In other words, if the original sentence is written in subjective tone, re-write it in objective tone… or vice-versa.
Ex: I think that The Giver is an excellent book. Subjective
The Giver is an excellent book. Objective 1. In my opinion, baseball is a slow but engaging sport. __________________