The Rhetorical Analysis of The Exorcist And Its Relationship With The Audience

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Many people claimed that the film depicted child sexuality, blasphemous acts, and vivid description of evil. They further claimed that it was not suitable for children that were 17 years and below. There was evidence of some viewers fainting, breaking down, and even committing suicide. Consequently, some clerics and Protestants condemned the film. However, the Catholic News claimed that the age needed such a film to make it realize that evil was present, and thus exorcist was still vital. The Exorcist applied kairos, logos, ethos, and pathos to appeal to the audience and pass its views and solutions to the issues that faced the people of that era.The film applied logos to convince the audience to start attending church to eliminate a rampant evil within the society. It showed that evil and goodness existed. The basis of the film was a historical event wherein 1949, a demonic possession had been exorcised from a boy in Mount Rainier, Maryland (Cull). The people at that age believed that such practice belonged to the old age but had gone down due to the increased awareness of the mental diseases. However, the incident shocked the people, as it was unusual. The film used the evidence to appeal to the audience that evil existed. The awareness of sin would make them believe that goodness also exist and start going to church. The story also came into being at a time of political crises in an attempt to show the existence of evil (Frentz and Farrell 27). It thus used kairos to appeal to the audience of the time that evil was real. The increasing spread of communism worldwide as evidenced by spy scandals and labor disputes threatened the existence of America. In late 1969, the American soldiers killed about 200 Vietnamese civilians at My Lai. Additionally, the era still had many Americans regarding the 1963 murder of President John F. Kennedy as the initial sin of the age. The action of the film occurs in ahome, the most uniquely privileged realm of the American post-war culture.