Rhetorical analysis of Sicko

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Nixon Olivia Nixon Elizabeth Chamberlain English 134 23 November 2009 Rhetorical Analysis of Sicko Michael Moore analyzes a very controversial topic in his documentary Sicko, America’s Health Care debate. He does an amazing job in the film to catch the audience’s attention through the use of pathos, ethos, and logos and the use of voiceover and a soundtrack to get the audience to feel a certain way. I think the most prominent rhetorical device that Michael Moore utilizes in Sicko is pathos, the appeal to emotions. I feel he presents a very strong pathos argument in Sicko by showing you all sides of the health care system in America. He mainly does this by using strong wording when talking about the controversy. He stirs up emotions when talking about politicians by calling them bad names and saying they basically screwed the American people. One specific example of this is when Moore says Congress is “too busy” to focus on health care, making his audience feel like Congress is “too busy” to care about what they need. When doing so he is ultimately trying to get his audience to hate the American government. Another way he gets his
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGL 134 taught by Professor Martinelston during the Fall '08 term at Cal Poly.

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