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Insanity“If we share a brotherhood of man, then we also share an insanity of man” (King 18). This statement is by writer Stephen King in his essay, “Why we Crave Horror Movies,” and is the best sentence to summarize the meaning behind the entire essay. King’s main goal within the essay is to inform readers why we love horror movies and that it is due to the insanity in everyone’s mind. King is a very valid author for this essay because he is a writer of supernatural, horror, and fantasy books. King also graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor of science degree in English and was awarded the National medal of arts for his contribution to the horror community. Moreover, he is widely known by critics, writers, and readers as the “king of horror,” so knowing why people crave horror movies is likely how King has gotten so popular in the first place. The essay seems to point towards college students, as it is in a college level book, although it can appeal to any lover of the genre. King explains throughout not only why we cravehorror movies and the mind chemistry behind it, he also explains why the genre is so popular in the first place. King gives a very effective and convincing essay due to his large use of pathos, , analogies, ethos and imagery.To begin, the rhetorical device King used most commonly in this essay would easily be pathos. Starting in the first paragraph, King speaks on common fears, “Snakes, the dark, the tightspace, the long drop” (King 16), this was intentionally placed within the first paragraph to give a sense of normality. Those four fears listed can effectively grab almost any reader because many people share these fears. Another example of pathos that King later states would be in the seventh paragraph. King speaks on insanity, and how everyone is insane, just on different levels. Saying that horror movies provide a certain degree of “psychic relief” to every person, which is in fact why we love horror movies. This is pathos because King is pointing out everybody, no
single person, fear, or level of insanity is picked out from the rest, everyone is insane in their own way. King then explains this using another example of pathos, comparing everyday emotionpractice of love, friendship, kindness, and loyalty to the emotion of fear and how it is not commonly used. King further inspects this by using an example of family and people as children.