Linda Thomas And Joan Didion: The Santa Ana Wind

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The Santa Ana is known for their extremely strong winds. However, Santa Ana winds cause controversy from citizen living in Southern California and people who are planning to move to there. Either it is the benefits or the risks that are cause from the winds. Everyone has different perspective over Santa Ana winds. Linda Thomas and Joan Didion both have similar rhetorical devices although both authors approach the same subject in different ways.
Linda Thomas, author of “Brush Fire” and Joan Didion, author of “The Santa Ana” both wrote about the Santa Ana winds. However, both essay differ from each other. Thomas’s purpose is to inform citizens living in Southern California and people who are planning to move there the benefits of Santa Ana winds. While Didion’s purpose is
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Thomas and Didion used imagery throughout their essay to describe Santa Ana winds. Thomas states, “In the most undisturbed state, chaparral is gorgeously beautiful--from the crooked red-brown wood of the manzanita, to the sturdy shaft of the yucca topped with spikes of creamy blossoms, to the brilliant orange threads of the dodder vine.” Thomas gives a description of the chaparral to give the audience a clear image of how beautiful chaparral is. Didion states, “The heat was surreal. The sky has a yellow cast, the kind of light sometimes called “earthquake weather.” Didion gives a description of Santa Ana sky to give the audience a clear image of how the sky turns when bad weather occurs. Also both authors use pathos, logos and ethos. Thomas use strong words and phrases such as “beautiful,” “amazing,” “passionate kisses,” and “orange flames color the sunset.”. This words and phrases used to describe the beauty of the Santa Ana winds. Didion use strong words and phrases such as “earthquake weather,” “unmanageable,”killed,” and “shot”. This words and phrases to describe the dangerous effect of the Santa Ana

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