The Use Of Weather In Santa Ana By Joan Didion

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In the essay Santa Ana Joan Didion uses a variety of rhetorical devices to broadcast the idea that the weather can actually set the mood and reputation of a town. She also show cases that the attitude of people around us can have an effect on the way we view things. I can relate to this because most of the time we learn about things it is from our peers, so their attitude will wear off on us when we come into that situation. With this essay she emphasizes that a place can be very important for he because of what it represents. I can agree with her on this because there are several places for me that represent important experiences that I’ve had in my life.
The speaker references the horrible weather in Santa Ana and how the wind could change the mindset of the people who live there. She describes it as being depressing the type of weather that no one liked yet it effected everyone. She describes the town in a very unearthly manner. She speaks of how the wind in Santa Ana would commonly underestimated because there were so many people from other countries who believed that California’s weather was monotone, meaning that it always stayed the same with no extremes. She expresses her truth that the weather infected the air with violence. Throughout the essay she is uneasy which is shown by her use of mysterious words.
The author begins the essay with a tone that is kind of spooky which puts the reader in an unsettling mindset. “There is something uneasy in the Los Angeles air this afternoon, some unnatural stillness, some tension. What it means is that tonight a Santa Ana will begin to blow, a hot wind from the northeast whining down through the Cajon and San Gorgonio Passes, blowing up sand storms out along Route 66, drying the hills and the nerves to flash point.” Here she uses imagery to assist her audience in becoming as engaged in her surroundings as she is. Doing this also helps her audience feel the same way as the speaker, who seems to be frightened and anxious about what could happen next. She is told stories of how the natives responded to the wind changing the way it is currently. As she is listens to the stories of the town it’s as if she is listening to stories that go along with a haunted house

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