Analysis Of Stephen King 's ' Why We Crave Horror Movies ' Essay

790 Words Feb 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
The famous horror writer, Stephen King, in his essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies?” seeks to explain why we as humans enjoy something as bazaar as horror films and the necessary role they play in our lives. Instead of using his credentials to establish authority and credibitlity, King adopts a friendly tone in order to achieve a sense commonality with his audience and a rudimentary diction to make his audience more susceptible to his argument that horror movies provide catharsis. From the very title of the essay all the way to the end, King uses a very purposeful diction to connect with his audience. Instead of abusing his credentials and accolades to establish a sense of authority, he decides to take the route of humility. King opens by saying, “I think that we 're all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better-and maybe not all that much better, after all. We 've all known people who talk to themselves, people who sometimes squinch their faces into horrible grimaces when they believe no one is watching, 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.” King repeatedly uses the word we in order to make the audience feel as though he is one of them, as appose to asserting his beliefs onto them. He also includes a little story to set the tone of the essay as more of a conversation. By stating that “we’re all…

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