Rhetorical Analysis In When VICE Met Kim Jong-Un

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The way an author persuades the viewer is through a stylistic technique called rhetorical analysis. Rhetorical analysis is when the author or speaker tries to persuade the reader into considering a subject from a different perspective, typically the perspective favored by the author. This technique is used through word choice, repetition, or even asking a rhetorical question that is intended to have a certain effect on the reader such as: happy, sad, curious, or even angry.Some examples of this technique can be seen in PBS News documentary, ”North Korea’s Deadly Dictator” which was published in October of 2017 and also, VICE News documentary “When VICE Met Kim Jong-un” published December of 2014. Even though these documentaries are about the …show more content…
When viewing the documentary the viewer is not being told what is going on, instead they are experiencing the similar emotions as Ryan, giving the feel as if you are experiencing the encounter first-hand. An example of this is when shown throughout the documentary for instance, at 4:42 in the documentary the VICE correspondent says “as soon as we entered the hotel lobby we were welcomed by a banner celebrating the recent nuclear test, at first we thought the banner might have been put there for us…”. When watching the idea that the banner shown is intended to welcome their guests but, the viewer becomes just as surprised as the reporter to find out that North Korea was celebrating the success of a recent nuclear test they had performed. Another example of a rhetorical device is when the crew starts questioning what is real and what is in fact “for show”. At 14:00 when Ryan started really thinking about what events were being staged he says “this city was extremely well lit which made me think “Were even the lights part of the tour as well?”” then, the documentary shows a satellite photo of what North Korea typically looks light at night …show more content…
By doing this PBS has already played into the emotion of North Korea needing to be more feared than we believe the nation should be. PBS wants to portray this emotion on the viewer by having the title “North Korea’s Deadly Dictator” and then displaying a large army and talking about the seriousness of how large their nuclear program is becoming. Also, another example of PBS showing the nation isn’t one to be trifled with is said at 26:30 stating “Within months of assuming power he began a brutal purge of...anyone who might have challenged him.” Then, the narrator states that this purge included his uncle and his half brother. While the narration was going on images of his Uncle being arrested and his half brother, Kim-Jung Nam, was shown in footage at the beginning of the documentary at 3:25, being assassinated by two women. By displaying and stating how Kim-Jung un would go to great lengths to rid anyone who ultimately stood in his way is another way PBS plays into pathos and causing the viewer to become more frightful of what this leader is capable

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