Each chapter has a tonal shift, in one you may be reading about a religious minister at a college, in another a hispanic cook. Some chapters give off very different tones, whether they're pessimistic or optimistic, joyful or depressing. Each tone supports the subject dealing with the struggle of the working class trying to raise their status and the giant gap between the classes.
There are plenty of tonal shifts throughout the book. This is due t the fact that he author provides many personal stories of different individuals. Because of this the reader may be taken from a light and air tone to a dark and gloomy one. By doing this the author is also able to appeal to pathos by taking the readers on an emotional journey with the people that the stories are about.
Throughout the book, and from chapter to chapter, tonal shifts happen a lot during this book. Since the book is made up of stories of different Americans, the tones of each differ. Some chapters have a sad tone, for instance one shows the sadness of a factory worker without a degree who lost his job and is sinking from the middle class. Another chapter uses the tone of not fitting in when in a certain class. The tone shifts greatly from chapter to chapter, but it all conveys a similar message.
Because of the fact that this book is a compilation of testimonies, there is a tonal shift at every chapter. From a suspenseful tone of multiple heart attacks in chapter 2, to the sad tone of a struggling marriage in chapter 3, and many more, the authors include so many changes in tone to 'keep it interesting', and grab the attention of the readers. If the tone was the same for every new chapter, it would start to get boring, but voice changes every once in a while renovate the attention.
Due to there to be many different examples of how class matters, he will have a very optimistic tone for how the higher class is treated with healthcare due to wealth, and have a pessimistic tone for how a working class citizen has a tough time with getting good healthcare or even any healthcare at all. The author changing tones really keeps the reader reading, wondering if the next story will end well or go up in flames.
Because each chapter hold different stories, statistics, cases, and situation, the tone is very ever-changing throughout this book. For example, the introduction is written in quite a factual and written in a very convoluted diction, which makes the tone straight forward and unchanging, but chapter one uses more of a connotative diction, and is not as forward as the beginning, allowing it to be more suggestive and not as forceful.
There was a very regretful and pessimistic tone to the chapter as Belvins tells the story of what could have been. His rash decision seemed to have a negative effect and every solution, like going back to school, came with a reason why it couldn’t work. Nearing the end of the chapter there was a slight optimism and overall lighter tone. This was caused by Blevins battling his adversities in search of a better life.
Students in Mrs. Theaker's class reading The New York Times' contributors Class Matters will discuss here.