O“ On Keeping a Notebook” occurred as Joan Didion expresses her thoughtsand morals on various matters. In her writing, Joan had received her oldnotebook from her childhood a year before she wrote this, which possiblycould have prompted her to write about and explain the importance “OnKeeping a Notebook”AJoan aimed her attention at the specific audience of people who theythemselves keep notebooks and wonder if they should write a notebook.Explaining that it is worth it for the personal gain and feeling of pastexperiences.PThe purpose of Didion writing this piece is to show people that to keep anotebook is very beneficial to oneself. That the ability to look at a piece of cutoff sentence, and have it bring a whole scenery into the mind is a wonderfulthing only captured by that who wrote it down and stored it in those papers ofthe notebook.SJoan Didion is another lead essayist in America during her time. Just as E.B.White was. Joan conveys herself as an original writer, which may have ledher to write the personal piece on keeping a notebook. She may have hadpersonal value to the notebooks themselves,and wanted her readers to
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understand and think about what it means and what it is like to write your ownpersonal notebook.TJoan Didion has a very straight forward tone. Stating exactly what she wantsthe audience to take from the passage. A more personal approach is taken bysharing things that she kept inside of her own journal, making the tone morepersonal to both the author and audience. Joan gives very detailed descriptionsmaking the audience feel as if she saw these things yesterday, giving the“zoom-in” effect. This makes the audience feel as if they were there when itwas happening, and also creates a more personal tone to the piece of writing.
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