Orcas: Captive Beauties

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Jessica DeLosh English 101-006 Mrs. Alderfer April 27, 2015 Rhetorical Essay Orcas: Captive Beauties The film, Blackfish is a documentary based on the true factual information about the effects on orcas while in captivity. The film reveals SeaWorld’s behind the scenes of what actual goes on at everyone’s favorite amusement park. As the documentary goes on, more is revealed about the emotional and physical pain the orcas endure. The film Blackfish effectively convinces the audience that orcas should not be held in captivity because of the evidence discrediting SeaWorld. The use of 911 calls and personal testimony about capturing whales help reveal emotional appeals. The film also uses interviews with former trainers to help show lack of knowledge about orcas and an interview with an expert gives factual information about orcas for ethical and logical appeals. Overall, the film discredits SeaWorld using pathos ethos, and logos to get their argument across. The film Blackfish was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and in this film she uses a lot of emotional appeals to get her audience’s attention. Cowperthwaite uses pathos in her film to make the audience feel what the author wants them to feel. At the beginning of the film, a 911 call was made about an attack on a SeaWorld trainer by a killer whale. This gets the audience’s attention because it puts the viewer on edge of what is going to happen in the rest of the film. The 911 call is used to persuade viewers that orcas should not be held in captivity because it leads to aggression. Another effective emotional appeal Cowperthwaite uses during the film is an interview with a former orca capturer named John Crowe. During his interview, Crowe says, “it’s like kidnapping a little kid away from its mother”. Crowe then begins to explain how disgusted he is with his decisions to pursue capturing young whales. He

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