Mowat's Rhetorical Strategies In Never Cry Wolf

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Mowat’s rhetorical strategies Wolves for thousands of years have been one of man’s greatest enemies. In Farley Mowat’s book, published in 1963, he makes us rethink why we are still at war with this species. Never Cry Wolf is about Mowat’s adventure as he studies wolves in the Northern Canadian Plains. His research brought him to become friends with Eskimos and a small family of wolves that he’s learned to respect and love. During his six month period he learns that wolves have been wrongly judged and are not the beasts that they have been titled. In Mowat’s writing, he uses emotion, facts, and trust to convince the reader that wolves are not bloodthirsty killers.

To begin with, Mowat uses emotion to help the reader connect with the wolves. In chapter five he watches as the wolves are “centered around the playing of a game of tag” (64).
From this, readers are able to connect with the wolves and understand the joy …show more content…

In the prologue Mowat states that he “possess six honorary doctoral degrees”(VI). This is important because this means that six universities have recognized his work and found it reliable. Readers are more likely to trust sources that have been approved by important people. Another reason that Mowat is a trustable source is because it was a first-hand experience. He was able to judge the wolves going in only knowing the facts that he had been told which included people thinking wolves were murderous killers. He was able to forget the rumors and decide for himself if he was going to judge them for how they are portrayed or how they actually are.

Never Cry Wolf has become a controversial topic as people are not willing to accept the fact that we could of misjudged a species. If we can forget how they use to be portrayed and achieve what Mowat has, maybe we too will one day be able to live among these creatures as a community instead of an

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