Essay about Thank You For Smoking by Jason Reitman

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In the films, “Thank You For Smoking,” directed by Jason Reitman and “Kinsey,” directed by Bill Condon, main characters Nick Naylor and Dr. Alfred Kinsey, defend their actions with either facts, strong opinions, and in Naylor’s instance, symbolism. Hence, both have dynamic characteristics that make them persuasive when proving their points. In both films, there are two questions that are raised. Are their actions justified and reflected in societal morals? Are they trying to route people into a less prejudice mindset? Despite their approach, both Dr. Kinsey and Nick Naylor over step boundaries by implying blunt commentary that allow their audience to think critically. 
 Dr. Kinsey pride himself on his work in regards to the advancement …show more content…
Persuasion is a hard act since it takes a strong argument to break former opinion, Kinsey and Naylor both find cracks in arguments, and nonetheless have different ways to approach it. Nick Naylor does the impossible to prove people wrong and leaves them thinking for future references. To Naylor this is the, “beauty of argument,” which is “if you argue correctly you're never wrong.” (TYFS) Yet, what is more interesting on how he approaches this is when ever he is asked the who, what, where, when’s of smoking he replies, “no data to support that.” Why? To Naylor if he answered truthfully then all facts would turn against cigarette companies, and his job is to convince people that smoking is a normal habit. 
 On the other hand, Dr. Kinsey bases his interpretations from data and science. He truthfully gives answers to why their sexual actions are the way they are. His research is meant to further explain, and gather information for future generations. Yet, a lot of his actions were not morally acceptable like cheating on his wife with his intern, Clyde. (Kinsey) But like Naylor, he was curious and he could not be placed on his “scale” without having prior acknowledgement of what he considered himself from the 0 - 6 scale of heterosexuality and homosexuality. (Kinsey)
 Data vs. no

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