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On Keeping a Notebook

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Nemesis Duarte

on 11 March 2013

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Transcript of On Keeping a Notebook

On Keeping a Notebook by
Joan Didion Biography: Joan Didion Born December 5,1934 Grew up in Sacramento, Ca;
but moved around a lot due to
WWII In college she won an essay
contest sponsored by Vouge; She
landed a job there ( for 2 years) She published her first book,
"Run River" (1963). It led publishers
to take an interest in her. 1964, she married John Gregory;
moved back to California; together
they adopted a Mexican child named
Quintana Roo Later on, she worked with her
husband as a duo, writing
screenplays that later became hit
films. Summarizing Surprisingly, 'On Keeping a Notebook,' is not about how to keep a notebook. Instead, the essay is based on the idea of keeping notes. In short, the feelings and memories that are associated with and when writing something down to remember. It works as a reminder to not only the writer but readers that the reality of writing down things is based on selfishness. The ideas of remembering about what we thought of that moment in time. Unique only
to ourselves.
SOAPStone Speaker
Tone Speaker The author seems to be a bit nostalgic as she discusses a memory that she has sentimental feelings about. A
topic she obviously treasures. Occasion The author wants to express her sentiments and ideas that are behind writing her notebook. Her reasoning as to how she
feels 'it all began' for her and
where she feels she lacks and has
not thought about for a while, but never truly forgot. Audience The author aims towards readers who
can relate to her thoughts. Those who have ever kept a journal and those who are nostalgic of their writing
Purpose The author means to expose
the raw feelings and motivation a writer, professional or not,will have when writing.The fact that it will be bias when it comes to journal keeping.
Subject The topic is about memories. The way we use
key notes or objects to help us remember. And as we change how we use them to identify our
memories, and how even then they will sometimes become as foreign as if it was some
one else's key. Tone The author uses a form of a puzzled tone. She attempts to figure out her own memories as she reads over her journal entries.
She seems quite nostalgic and reminiscent. The Author's Writing The author uses of vocabulary is
interesting as it gives an idea of her
educational background, as well as her
social level. With her use of diction, she
gives off a snooty, upper class air. She
uses words that are harsh and

Her writing structure is straight forward.
She writes in a way that makes it seem as
if she is in person speaking to the reader.
She does seem to trail off, but in fact
it is only because she uses her own
personal experiences as examples to give
readers a better understanding of what it
is she means. Rhetorical Devices The author appeals widely to the
audience's sense of pathos and logos.
She uses examples that can be relatable
and that are easy to understand. 'A touching moment of a father bringing home gifts, to inspire love with guilt."

The author best uses it to engulf the reader in the essay and make them think
of similar situations and reasoning. Make A "Connection" The best way to relate to what this
essay was about, is to think back, to those journals we did as kids in
elementary school.

Reading back, we try to figure out
our thoughts on that day and
attempt to bring back those
memories. Only sometimes to be

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