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RhetoricalAnalysis - ENGL 1100 Cyr 11/28/07 A Rhetorical...

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ENGL 1100 Cyr A Rhetorical Analysis of Stephen King’s 11/28/07 “Why We Crave Horror Movies” Horror movies can become an addictive habit, especially those of the great Stephen King. From his first novel Carrie (1974) to his most recent collection of short stories, Everything’s Eventual: Five Dark Tales (2002), King’s perspective on all things scary still strikes terror in his readers. In 1982, Playboy featured King’s article, “Why We Crave Horror Movies,” in which he explains why he feels people are drawn to horror films. King’s use of humorous tone helps him convey his opinion in a casual manner; whereas, his use of figurative analogies and examples give him the support and credibility needed to present his opinion in an educated and influential manner. Through his use of humorous tone, King paints a realistic picture in which his readers can relate allowing them to open their minds to his opinion. King’s opening statement sheds light on his humorous tone in an abrupt—but surprisingly truthful—way: “I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it better—and maybe not all that much better, after all” (465).King’s use of the long dash allocates him the space needed to make a shift from a serious tone to a more humorous one without taking away from the profound opening of the statement. In this statement, it is as if you can practically hear King’s voice dripping with an almost sarcastic-like-humor. After his opening statement about our sanity and the lack thereof, King recalls some common fears that most people have: “People who have some hysterical fear —of snakes, the dark, the tight place, the long drop. . .and, of course, those final worms and grubs that are waiting so patiently underground”(466). In this statement King incorporates the
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use of an ellipse to add a slight hesitation where his readers can almost hear him give a slight chuckle before making a reference to the final indignity of this world—death. Some other examples of King’s humorous tone are found later in his article. One such
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