Analysis Of ' On Keeping A Notebook ' By Joan Didion

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ON KEEPING A NOTEBOOK RHETORICAL ANALYSIS The point of keeping a notebook has never been, nor is it now to have an accurate factual record of what I have been doing or thinking. Author, Joan Didion, in her essay, “On Keeping a Notebook” explains how to keep a notebook and why. Didion’s purpose is to inform us on how she keeps a notebook and why notebooks are useful in helping us to remember events that happened in the past. She adopts a sentimental tone in order to emphasize how many memories are kept alive by keeping a notebook. Didion uses ethos, pathos, and different rhetorical devices in her essay to explain her point. Didion uses ethos appeals. She explains in the first paragraph all of her accomplishments. She is the author of novels, short stories, screen plays, and essays. She began as a staff writer for Vogue Magazine in New York in 1956. Run River was her first novel published in 1963. Her collection of essays includes “On Keeping a Notebook”, Slouching Towards Bethlehem, published in 1968, The White Album, Salvador, Miami, After Henry, Political Fictions, Fixed Ideas: America Since 9.11, and Where I Was From, were all written and published within the next twenty four years (paragraph 1). In the essay “On Keeping a Notebook”, Didion uses pathos appeals to reveal emotions. In the second paragraph Didion states “I write entirely to find out what’s on my mind, what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I’m seeing, and what it means, what I want and what I’m afraid

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