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The Santa Ana, from Los Angeles Notebook, Joan Didion

Didion, Joan. "Los Angeles Notebook." Slouching towards Bethlehem. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1968. 217-18. Print.

The chief purpose of paragraph 2, which starts on line 17, is to


demonstrate the author’s own authority of the subject.


develop the essay’s feel of mystery and tension.


illustrate the main claim with a series of examples.


employ an analogy to explain a complex idea more simply.


shift the style from a scientific voice to a literary one .

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