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Tone Word: Sanguine

Definition: A sanguine tone expresses optimism and positivity even though the situation(s) may seem dim and grave without a solution. Texts with a sanguine tone may include, but are not limited to, uplifting encouragement from character to character, cheerfulness, and upbeat. A story containing a sanguine tone may be set in a difficult period of time such as the Great Depression, but its characters are fortunately able to retain hope and find creative ways to live with limited resources.

Literary Text: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

'The utmost good that I am capable of now, Miss Manette, I have come here to realise. Let me carry through the rest of my misdirected life, the remembrance that I opened my heart to you, last of all the world; and that there was something left in me at this time which you could deplore and pity.'

'Which I entreated you to believe, again and again, most fervently, with all my heart, was capable of better things, Mr. Carton!'

'Entreat me to believe it no more, Miss Manette, I have proved myself and I know better. I distress you; I draw fast to an end. Will you let me believe, when I recal this day, that the last confidence of my life was reposed in your pure and innocent breast, and that it lies there alone, and wll be shared by no one?'

'If that will be a consolation to you, yes' (pg. 157-158)

Visual: "Disney's Beauty and the Beast"

Beauty and the Beast

Beast finds positivity in Belle’s new attitude towards him even though he thought there was no hope for him because of his ghastly appearance.

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