Voice and tone are always a big part of writing and will determine how the story is perceived. The voice in Marzi is friendly and child-like because it’s told from the perspective of a young girl. A good example of this is in the story titled ‘Homemade Chewing Gum’. Her friends experiment with making their own gum because the real stuff is a luxury. When they finally got some real gum they never wasted it. “We discovered that really well-chewed old chewing gum makes a good eraser, and you can still chew it afterwards. Good chewing gum never goes bad!” (Sowa, 209). There is often a sense of wonder and curiosity in the writing that emulates a child’s point of view. You can also tell from the language that is used and the structure of the sentences.
The overall tone in Marzi is informal and light-hearted, and depending on the situation it can also be humorous or serious. When the factory Marzi’s father works at went on strike she could tell it was a hard time for her parents even if she didn’t completely understand the situation. “The world of adults is beyond me. I’d like to be one so I would have a better grasp… But seeing them like this, powerless, exhausted, I tell myself it’s beyond them too” (Sowa, 184). You can feel the emotion in this and that Marzi struggles as well when she doesn’t understand something. This was a more serious time but there was a lot of humour as well when she’s playing with her friends. “We all cover our mouths to keeps from making a sound. But when we see each other like that, with our hands over our mouths and our eyes laughing, we can’t take it anymore!” (Sowa, 45). You can feel their joy and can imagine how much fun they have together.
Putting emotion into writing is what takes it to the next level and in Marzi we feel many emotions because of the voice and tone, as well as the visuals in this case. This article talks about how to make the reader feel emotion because everyone wants to feel something and immerse themselves in a new world.
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Sowa, Marzena. Marzi: A Memoir. New York: DC Comics, 2011. Ebook.