In Stephen King’s essay “Why We Crave Horror Movies” he suggested that we are all mentally ill, demonstrated by those who talk to themselves on occasion, make grimacing faces or have hysterical fears of snakes, the dark, or tight places. King also stated that he believed that a horror movie appealed to all that is worst in us, allowing us to experience morbidity, basic instincts and fantasies in the darkness of the theater. We all know someone who talks to himself on occasion or someone who fears something. We all know someone who loves horror films.
I agree with Stephen King’s statement that we are all mentally ill, because mental health or mental illness is conditional to whether our actions interfere with daily task and are acceptable responses to demands and opportunities. We are all capable of crossing the line between acceptable and unacceptable actions that determine being classified as sane or insane. Horror movies allow us to view and emotionally experience the consequences of insane actions.
I agree that horror movies appeal to all that is worse in us. Horror movies allow us to experience extreme emotional excitement through unacceptable actions acted out in the films. People crave the thrill they receive from experiencing extreme nervousness, disgust, panic and fear. Horror films cause these sudden, temporary emotions and reactions, but will not interfere with our daily lives once we leave the theater. Packed theaters showing horror films and best selling horror novels are proof that people crave the thrill derived from viewing or imagining insane actions and their consequences.
Professor N. Guimaraes
Logical Fallacies in “WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies”
By Stephan King
Last, night I was alone by myself, with no one to talk to or cook dinner for. I was alone and bored at the same time. Well, I decided to watch a horror film on Netflix. I try not to go to sleep during a movie but this time I did. In the essay “WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies” author Stephen King tells us about whywe love violence, being horrified, terrified, scared and anxious. He believes that we love horrormovies so much that we can be mentally ill. He also explains whywe think about evil things but never do them and that watching a horror film satisfies our urge to kill. When reading the essay, two logical fallacies stood out to me. Two logical fallacies that King used in his essay are loose or hasty generalization and slippery slope. Logical fallacies are very common in writing styles to convince or trick the causal reader. You can find examples of logical fallacies in advertisements,...
...In the essay, "WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies" by Stephen King the author tries to prove that the modern day horror movie is are relief of violence, are fix of adrenaline and fun, and also something that can dare the nightmare. In a lot of ways these things can be related to real life situations. My relief of violence is playing video games, and my fix of fun and adrenaline is when I play football, and something that dares my nightmare is when I challenge my brother.
In the essay, "WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies", Steven King explains that the modern day horror movie is our relief for violence it is what feeds the gator. He uses horrormovies because of there violent nature. We all need to be able to step outside life's boundaries and certain horrormovies can do this for us. It can let us see things that in normal everyday life cannot be possible. In the essay Steven say's, "We are told we may allow our emotions a free rein."(444) Trying to hint that a good horror movie can do this for us. But horror films are not the only thing that can feed the gator. For me it is when I turn on that video game and I can break all the rules of life. I know I can do whatever I want and still have the...
...Feeding Our Gators: A Response to Stephen King’s WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies
Stephen King writes very accurately on how we, the public, desire the need “to put away our more civilized and adult penchant for analysis and to become children again” by watching a horror-themed movie. In the article WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies, written by Stephen King and published by Playboy Press in Chicago, Illinois in 1981, King suggests that horror fiction meets an important and critical human need that endeavour the dark impulses and socially unacceptable desires that are present in everyone. Being a graduate of the University of Maine where he studied English and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree, King can easily be called an Educated Man. He has held many job positions before becoming a mystery writer including a knitting mill worker, janitor and a high school English teacher where he taught at Hampden Academy. Stephen King received The National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
King is one of the most successful American writers of horror stories, and many of his books have been made into blockbuster movies such as LIST MOVIES HERE. The audience Stephen wishes to direct his attention to are the people who aren’t...
...Roller Coaster of Horror
As we analyze Stephen King’s essay “WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies,” we come across his essential reasons as to what gives us the ambition and motivation to insist watching horrormovies. In a way Stephen King is correct; one way or another we all are mentally ill to a point. No one is perfect, andwe all do strange things. Some people are perfectionists when it comes to how they do things; some have a habit of talking to themselves, and others just do strange things like pet peeves without even realizing it. We see horrormovies for the same reasons we ride roller coasters: for the adrenaline rush, the escape of reality, and the ability to show our fears to the people around us. Watching horrormovies helps us control the anti-social instincts we all have. We watch horrormovies to give us a sense of adventure, take us away from reality, and to have a reason for our feelings to be easily expressed within each other.
It is part of our human nature to constantly seek adventure. In some ways being scared can be someone’s adventure. Wecrave the thrill and anticipation of what is to happen next. Horror...
...appreciated. The full text of
King's essay is available at the end of the article for reference.
An Excuse for Horror:
Stephen King’s “WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies”
The first Stephen King novel I read, Christine, was chilling,
weird, creepy, and strange. But I loved it. The second, Carrie, was
even less normal, and I was enthralled by it, too. How could these
horror stories of a possessed, homicidal car and a supernatural,
misunderstood, vengefully murderous teen be a story for anyone other
than pre-pubescent boys?
That is exactly what Stephen King sets out to explain through
humor and metaphor—in a startlingly ironic way—in his essay, “WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies.”
Stephen King approaches the subject of why people want to read
such freaky absurdity from the angle of horrormovies. From this
position, he jumps right into his thesis: “When we pay our four or
five bucks and seat ourselves at tenth-row center in a theater showing
a horror movie, we are daring the nightmare.” In other words, Mr. King
says that horrormovies are humankind’s method for touching on the
baser side of its collective soul.
...In Stephen Kings essay "WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies" he claims that we are all mentally ill. According to King, people’s quirks are proof of this. The antidote to our mental illness, king says, is that we watch horrormovies to "re-establish our feelings of essential normality". King also says that we watch them to satisfy the bad in us.We all do crazy things in our lives. Once in awhile we all want to thrash out on someone, to prove a point, or just to hurt them for the sake of hurting them. We do not do this instead we watch horrormovies, ride roller coasters and let our frustrations out through our imagination, rather than physical action.
In King’s “...horrormovies” he explains that “if we are all insane” then in reality, this is what makes us normal. We can tell that one is what we call abnormal or crazy by the degree of insanity they contain. This being said, ones degree of insanity can vary from a person talking to themselves while in a stressful situation, to having the urge to “carve up women like Jack The Ripper”, this is the way we can determine if one needs to be institutionalized or not. Or if one is within the realm of normal or so insane that they are...
...appeal, reliability, credibility and experience. The last component, Pathos, deals with emotional appeal, sympathy, empathy, and shared values. Stephen King uses rhetoric in his essay, WhyWeCraveHorrorMovies, to influence his audience that we all cravehorrormovies because they are a passage for our aggressive desires.
Stephen King has plenty of experience. His books have greatly surpassed 20 million copies. He is very famous for his horror stories and movies. Most of his stories come from his own personal experiences which makes his stories and movies more credible. He has also written science fiction, fantasy, short-fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, teleplays, and stage plays. His many books include Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Pet Sematary, Misery, Needful Things, and Insomnia. King is a very educated man. He is a graduate of the Univeristy of Maine where he studied English and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He also has a certificate to teach high school. He has held many job positions before becoming a mystery writer including a knitting mill worker, janitor and a high school English teacher. He taught at Hampden Academy. He received The National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The essay, WhyWe...
...they were to witness a bloody slaughter or a hilarious wedding” (p. 247).
Do not use first person!!!
The review should answer the following questions in full paragraphs and sentences.
Who are the main characters? Don’t just list them; describe them.
Who are the supporting characters? Don’t just list them; describe them.
What is the setting? The setting is the time, place, and surroundings of a story.
What is the plot? Briefly state the main actions of the story.
What are the conflicts? What are the issues, obstacles, or people that the main characters deal with in the book?
What are the significant quotations of the book? Choose three to five sentences that are vital to the story and explain why they are essential.
Explain which chapter of the book was your favorite and why.
What was the author’s main idea in the book (which will likely be implied)?
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