In Los Angeles, there is a well known stormed called the Santa Ana that often occurs during the colder months. Joan Didion writes an essay that discusses what the storm is and how it affects the Los Angelenos. Although primarily writing for everyone’s knowledge, being she is a fellow citizen, she directs her thoughts towards Los Angeles’ people She gains a connection with her audience and their emotions. After doing this she selects specific words to help enhance the intensity of the storm. She also uses long sentences to further describe the intensity of the storm through her writing techniques, but towards the end of the essay she uses short sentences to provide information and to show she is knowledgeable to the audience .
The diction throughout "Los Angeles Notebook" functions as a way in which Didion utilizes in order to convey her opinion on the Santa Ana Wind, which is unexplainable as to their effects on people and are entirely sinister entities. Word choices throughout the excerpt such as "uneasy", "screaming", "frets", and "sulks" all portray the responses that people make to these winds. Selections like "foehn" and "khamsin", "friction" and "solar disturbances" allow the audience to acknowledge that
The Santa Ana Winds Analysis There are moments when mother nature does something that may be inexplicable to mankind. There is not always an explanation for why things happen, sometimes they just do. Joan Didion tries to describe the instinct that people have that tells them the Santa Ana winds are the reason for the change in the climate and within one another. Didion sets a dreadful tone to her essay by associating a set of words that contain unhappy connotations, with the wind. She begins the essay by setting up an unpleasing mood for the audience.
Pathos is the rhetorical appeal that is used to appeal to the emotions of the readers. I believe that Ms. Woolf is using pathos to creating a warning signal about how dangerous society is through this excerpt. The story opens up with, “It is nature that is the ruin of Wembley;...”, which can be interpreted in the way
This embodies not only the wind but also the urban setting as a location that will make you feel very vulnerable and unsafe. By the end of this selection the author finally speaks of Lutie directly and explains her specific thoughts towards the city. For instance, “cold fingers of the wind” personifies this city as very overwhelming and as if Lutie would much rather be anywhere
Clearly, the use of various rhetorical devices and statistics in Elizabeth Kolbert’s “The Terrible Teens”, lets her successfully express her thesis throughout the text. Throughout the essay, Kolbert incorporates the use of devices such as statistics, metaphors, and hyperboles. The devices used in Kolbert’s article enhance the persuasiveness of her text, but is it enough to change people’s minds about teens
Another author who is from California, Joan Didion, writes an essay titled “The Santa Ana,” which is the nickname for the strong winds that cause brush fires in California. She describes each new Santa Ana as a damaging and dangerous moment. Although there are some similarities in content, Thomas and Didion write essays that have contrasting tones, leading to contrasting central ideas about the Santa Ana. The definition of beauty may vary, depending on the individual and their experiences. Thomas believes that the sight of each new brushfire is amazing and describes how the people make the sight an exciting event.
The monstrosity of human nature is implied by Mary Shelley throughout the whole novel, which inspires us to think deeply about the meaning of ugliness, both external and internal. One major theme that pertains to the development of a being’s behavior and its relation to monstrosity is nature versus nurture. The two main characters of the novel, Victor Frankenstein and the creature, have an inborn nature that regulates their physical and behavioral traits; however, Frankenstein’s and the monster’s nurturing styles are completely different. How do nature and nurture affect their characters? Was it nature or nurture that made them monster vicious and ruthless and Victor greedy and selfish?
A sense of change was present for both of the authors due to the fires. Attitudes and mindsets were not the same as they normally are. Logos and pathos was used in both “Brush Fire” and “The Santa Ana” because the authors did give a lot of information regarding the winds, but they also expressed their personal emotion towards it in their writing. The authors made it clear that the fires did in fact change people, no matter how the people were changed. They had some sort of differences to them during the
In the passage, Josan is worried the “stone tower [will] crumble beneath the fury of the storm” (31-33). The reader experiences the violence portrayed by Bray through her dramatic literary illustrations. She personifies the monstrous storm to increase the tension between Jason and the storm. Bray symbolizes “the lighthouse [as] being swallowed by the ocean” to gradually develop suspense in the story (48-49). The author keeps using personification throughout the story to create imagery.
AP8 Joan Didion and Linda Thomas respectively develop pieces with similar diction and other various devices to convey their Opposing views of the Santa Ana winds to their audience. Didion portrays the winds as a fearful occurrence while Thomas wishes to show her audience that these winds are something natural and somewhat beautiful. Concrete language is extensively used throughout both pieces, describing the environment as "...ominously glossy..." (The Santa Ana Winds) and "...fire blackened land..." (Brush Fire). Through the descriptions the audience is able to understand the Santa Ana winds as the authors portrayed them.
In conclusion, I believe the way Slater presents her evidence is very convincing. She makes it a point to explain all of the controversial points that surround Stanley Milgram and his experiments. While we might not agree on all of her points, we both share the thought that Milgram and his experiments have affected positively despite the issues of its purpose, results, usefulness, and morality shroud the experiments in
In an excerpt from The Great Influenza by John M. Barry, many rhetorical devices are used to fully represent the process of a scientist. Some of the most commonly used devices are metaphors, anaphoras, and imagery, these three devices help the reader understand the main ideas of the story. The metaphors allow the reader to perceive the process of a scientist in more simplistic ideas such as science being an undiscovered wilderness. The anaphora used in the beginning of the passage emphasises that the world of science is full of uncertainty and is constantly changing, this drives the idea into the mind of the reader. The imagery is used alongside the metaphors to assist the reader in grasping the foreign ideas.
Marquis Leary Jenkins SAT Prep Strategies Paragraph The author uses rhetorical questions to bring establish his point to the audience on a more relatable level. These rhetorical questions can be seen at the beginning of the sixth paragraph when Alva Noe states, “Would you know what the thing is in front of you? Or how it works?” Also at the end of the seventh paragraph the author uses more rhetorical questions when he states, “Surely, naturalism doesn’t commit us to the view that is ought to be possible to frame a theory of the stock market in the terms of physics?”
Essay A, Essay B One big aspect in Donna's response was her emphasis and importance of developing a thesis. The two essays we read were precursors in showing us the importance of a thesis and how we are to incorporate it into our writing. Donna also went on to talk about the importance of considering your audience. When it comes to the two essays, "Once More to the Lake" happens to be much more relatable and pertinent than "The Death of the Moth.