Rhetorical Analysis Of King's Why We Crave Horror Movies

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As human beings, we all have something cathartic that we do to release stress and just overall feel better, whether is be singing, working out or even watching a horror film. In his essay, “Why We Crave Horror Movies?”, King seeks to explain why we as humans enjoy something as bizarre as horror films and the necessary cathartic role that they play in our lives. Instead of using his credentials to establish authority and credibility, King adopts a friendly tone in order to achieve a sense commonality with his audience, a rudimentary diction to make his audience more susceptible to his argument that horror movies provides catharsis, and analogies to appeal to the various levels of intelligence in his audience. From the very title of the essay …show more content…
Since insanity is a frowned upon emotion, we tend to keep it hidden and horror movies are who we release our inner demons. King states, “The potential lyncher is in almost all of us . . . and every now and then, he has to be let loose to scream and roll around in the grass.”(467) In this section, King simplifies his message as much as possible to appeal to everyone in his audience. Instead of saying that horror movies serve as a form of catharsis, he describes our inner emotions as a person that needs to be let out from time to time. While, catharsis is not a big word, it could have potentially stumped some of the people in his audience. King then states, “Our emotions and our fears form their own body, and we recognize that it demands its own exercise to maintain proper muscle tone. Certain of these emotional muscles are accepted – even exalted – in civilized society; they are, of course, the emotions that tend to maintain the status quo of civilization itself” (King, 467). By using the analogy of maintaining muscle tone, everyone understand King’s message. His analogies not only made what he was saying more palatable, but it also helped him reach his audience. Without entering into a psychoanalysis of human behavior, he is able to clearly convey the point that horror films provide a release and has therapeutic attributes. King could have used his knowledge and expertise to start a deep and intellectual rant about the human psyche, but he appeals to this audience’s sensitivity to

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