Analysis Of The Santa Ana Winds

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In the essay titled “The Santa Ana Winds”, Joan Didion uses a story teller- like tone and persuasive rhythm to lure her audience into the eerie ambience of the winds. In the use of these techniques, Didion aims to further convey the wind’s disastrous and mysterious effects.
Didion writes with a storytelling tone in order to eerie effect of the destructive winds. Didion first sets the mood, by telling the reader about the current conditions of winds and how they are taking effect. He begins by stating that “There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural still, some tension (Didion).” By narrating the story in the present tense, Didion transports the readers into the apprehensive atmosphere of the unnerving tale. Throughout the essay, Didion choses to depict the foehn winds in the first person, allowing the audience to peek into the eyes of a first person account. This is particularly effective when Didion remanences “being told, when I first moved to Los Angeles and was living on an isolated beach, that the Indians would throw themselves into the sea when the bad wind blew (Didion).” The personal account not only warns of danger of the winds, but also validates of the truthfulness of the foehn wind phenomenon. As the essay continues, it takes a turn toward, more factual evidence, in which Didion still maintains her casual tone. In fact, Didion uses this tone to even more adequately communicate the devastation of the winds. For example, when

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