AP English - Didion Essay

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AP English - Didion

The Santa Ana winds cause people to act more violently or unruly and makes others
irritable and unhappy to a great extent. Joan Didion explains to the reader about how the
Santa Ana affects human behavior in her essay "Los Angeles Notebook." Through the use of
imagery, diction, and selection of detail Didion expresses her view of the Santa Ana
winds.

Didion paints uneasy and somber images when describing the Santa Ana winds. "There is
something uneasy in the Los Angeles air… some unnatural stillness, some tension," starts
the essay off with the image of Los Angeles people in a sense of stillness or tense. She
further adds, "Blowing up sandstorms out along Route 66… we will see smoke back in the
canyons, and hear sirens in the night," propagating the uneasy and stark image of Los
Angeles. "The baby frets. The maid sulks," she adds, giving a depressing view into the
effects of the Santa Ana winds on people. Didion, in an attempt to show the craziness
associated with the Santa Ana winds, points out the Indians who throw themselves into the
sea when bad winds came. At any rate, Didion attempts to show the negative effects of the
Santa Ana winds through images of stillness, uneasiness, and sobriety.

In her tone, Didion remains clear, consistent, and vivid. Her choice of words remains
simple as if to not alienate the readers of her essay. Her tone for the first half of the
opening, primarily the first and second paragraphs is calm, inviting, and explanatory.
Didion tries to capture the attention of the readers by constantly using tone that is not
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