Rhetorical Techniques In Blackfish

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The movie Blackfish is different from many other movies because of the use of interviews, camerawork, and videos. The movie documents the life and journey of a notorious and infamous killer whale named Tilikum. Blackfish shows the problems of keeping a killer whale in captivity throughout its whole life compared to allowing the whales to live in their natural habitat. Throughout the movie Tilikum attacks three different people, and the SeaWorld owners choose to do nothing about it because Tilikum’s sperm is worth a lot of money. Blackfish goes into detail about the ethical and emotional concerns of keeping a large whale in captivity for extended amounts of time. The movie uses ethos by interviewing many former workers for SeaWorld along with …show more content…
An important type of scene in this movie is the animated shot of the killer whales being captured. During this shot, the animation shows the strategy of the killer whales vs. the whalers. Throughout this scene the viewer can see the intelligence of the killer whales because the animation shows the mothers and their baby whales split off into one direction, and the male killer whales split off into the other direction. The animation shows the boats follow the male whales, but then once the airplane spots the young whales in another direction, the boats circle back around and begin to circle up the young whales. In this scene, the viewer can clearly see that the whales have no chance of escaping the view and nets of the whalers because they have an airplane. A type of scene that is animated like this one is important to the movie because it allows the viewer to better understand what is being explained in the movie, and helps portray the whales as being very intelligent creatures. This scene also causes the viewer to feel bad for the killer whales and their families because of the emotions shown by the whales being …show more content…
As mentioned earlier, the only thing SeaWorld cares about is making money. One of the greatest money makers at SeaWorld is the sperm of Tillikum. This is the reason why SeaWorld refuses to allow Tillikum back into the wild. The producers use ethos in this movie by interviewing the former trainers of the killer whales to see what they have to say about the problems of keeping killer whales in confinement. One of the most common statements made by these trainers is the fact that Tillikum is too big for confinement, and is a danger to all of the trainers. Interviewing of the former trainers influences the viewer to feel bad for the killer whales because the trainers have seen what is going on first

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