A YEAR AT THE MOVIES by Kevin Murphy. David M. Waselko. Movie Rides: I Paid How Much For This?!. PROMPT.
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Kevin Murphy, in his book A Year at the Movies, tries to capture the movie-going experience and share his thoughts with fans. Read his chapter “Movie Rides: I Paid How Much for This?” Then write an essay in which you analyze the rhetorical strategies Murphy utilizes to convey his attitude towards movie rides and Universal Studios. Support your analysis with specific references to the chapter.
“I was really bugged by the fact that so many people buy into this. It means that America on vacation is willing to wade through all this hassle and expense because we can’t figure out on our own how to have a good time.”
In the chapter “Movie Rides: I Paid How Much for This?!” Kevin Murphy draws on his experience at Universal Studios Hollywood to convey his disdain for the commercialism and fakeness of the movie industry and willingness of Americans to buy into it.
Through his critical diction, structure, and various rhetorical techniques, Murphy urges consumers to avoid falling into the trap of the studios, regardless of how tempting what they are selling may appear.
Murphy’s use of rhetoric clearly conveys his disdain for the movie ride experience and discourages readers from wasting their time and money on them.
Refer to intro / draw conclusions
It is a shame that Americans have so much money and such a difficult time figuring out to do with their vacation time that they feel compelled to have their vacation choices dictated to them by those who profit most from them while caring little for them. Murphy prefers a roller coaster at a free fair. Others will have different ideas, if they allow themselves to think. For truly enjoyable vacations, Americans need to dig deep and find the simple pleasures of doing the things they love most with the people they love most.