Rhetorical Analysis Of Why We Crave Horror Movies By Stephen King

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Stephen King is a well-known American author of many contemporary horror and science-fiction books. According to King, we crave horror movies because "we're all mentally, ill those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better" (King, 598).”Why We Crave Horror Movies” was first published January of 1981 in a Playboy magazine, it has now transitioned from a magazine to a college text book. During this time, he proposes three causes of the popular appeal of horror movies. When writing this essay king is conversing with a various group of different people about horror movies. In this paper, Stephen King expresses the rhetorical strategies ethos, pathos, and logos to convey his reasoning that those who engage in horror movies all have …show more content…

The way someone react to different situations can show their real personality. It also shows that everyone is a little bit “crazy” in their own way. King stated that ”Horror movies, like roller coasters, have always been the special province of the young. By the time one turns 40 or 50, one’s appetite for double twists or 360-degree loops may be considerably depleted.” (King, 599). Even though roller coasters can be very scary, from enjoyment to crying within a matter of time, you will still want to continue the flight. People watch them to prove a point to others and themselves that they are capable of facing their fears. He also shows pathos in the following “What’s the difference between a truckload of bowling balls and a truckload of dead babies?”(King, 599). When you think of bowling balls you think about having fun with friends. In comparison to dead babies, that’s an emotional feeling of sadness and fear. Stephen King wraps up the essay with the use of the rhetorical strategy logos to give facts on how much we pay for awaiting nightmare.
Nevertheless, King uses logos to justify “Why We Crave Horror Movies”. He successful does this through examples while incorporating humor. “When we pay our four or five bucks and set ourselves at tenth-row center in a theater showing a horror movie, we are daring the nightmare” (King, 598). This is a fact about those individuals who pay approximately

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