Winds In Brush Fire And The Santa Ana By Joan Didion

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“Brush Fire” by Linda Thomas and “ The Santa Ana” by Joan Didion are both pieces of literature that intersect each other and give different views about The Santa Ana winds. These winds were named after the foehn wind of Austria and Switzerland. Which causes many side effects that are considered to be unpleasant. These winds are proven to be dry hot, strong and have a high speed, that brush through the deserts of California to the Southern part of this state. Due to their different views on this subject, their purposes differ from each other. Thomas and Didion used the power of rhetorical strategies to get the main focus on their message that they were trying to get across. Both “Brush Fire” and “The Santa Ana” used logic and reasoning to convince the reader, this is known as logos. In “The Santa Ana”, Didion appeals to logos by informing the reader about the effects it has on the people. Didion states, “In Switzerland the suicide rate goes up during the foehn, and in the courts of some Swiss cantons the wind is considered a mitigating circumstance for crime” (Didion, paragraph 4). Didion uses her knowledge from the foehn in Switzerland and talks about how it is similar to the winds in California. She claims that the people of California have felt the same effects on these winds like the people of Switzerland. She notices the similarities that California and Switzerland had during winds like these. There is an increase of suicide, crime rate and …show more content…
They used logos to capture a cognitive thought to the readers. Their tones are different and they set different moods. The authors influence the reader’s emotions by their word choices. Didion explains the winds as an event filled with nothing but destruction. While Thomas appreciates the winds and it’s fires. These texts speak about the same event, but they have different viewpoints and

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