Santa Ana Winds

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  • Topic: Wind, Foehn wind, Ion
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Santa Ana Winds The “Santa Ana Winds” can only be described as a depiction of how disturbing the winds were to the society it affected. Joan Didion, the author of this story, conveys this message through the use of imagery, tone, and the selection of detail. She proposes that the winds cause people to act in ways they normally wouldn’t, that people’s feelings are affected, and it changes the overall natural environment. The Santa Ana winds are disturbing because they cause people to behave and act in ways they usually would not. The Santa Ana winds make people feel very malevolent, and uneasy to say the least. Raymond Chandler even said that “meek little wives feel the edge of the carving knife and study their husbands’ necks.” This displays the wickedness that fills the hearts of the people that get hit by the Santa Ana winds. It comes to the point that harmless wives get an evil spark, and think of the most horrible thing they could do. Another example of how things get out of control within the human spirit is when Didion speaks of her neighbor would “roam the place with a machete” and how “he would tell [her] that he had heard a trespasser, the next a rattlesnake.” It almost seems as though the Santa Ana winds do nothing but incarnate visions, and thoughts of fearful and daunting ideas. I’m positive that her neighbor had not physically seen the rattlesnake or trespasser because he says he’s “heard” them, regardless, his mind makes him believe they are there, and it’s hard to challenge something your mind appears to know so clearly. The winds bring negative side effects that affect people’s feelings. It comes to the point that people go to the doctors and complain “about headache and nausea and allergies,” and about “nervousness” and “depression.” These negative effects only occur when the winds are about to come, or if they are passing through. To further prove that the winds cause this, other countries who have foehn winds blowing through report similar...