Rhetoric Analysis for Sicko

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Joyce Kim
Mr. Beckway
AP Language and Composition

“Sicko” Rhetorical Analysis
“Sicko” is a documentary produced by Michael Moore that focuses on health care in America.The documentary provides an in depth understanding and analysis of the unceasing health care problems in America. Most of these problems result from the corruption present in the American health insurance industry. The message that Michael Moore is trying to get across to his audience is that of the immortality within the American health care system. Michael Moore is able to get his message across to the public by incorporating the three rhetoric techniques of logos, pathos, and ethos. He uses logos by comparing America’s health insurance to those of other countries,
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This average family in France, despite their increased taxes, live comfortably because they have free access to health care, and don’t have to live with the worry of paying any medical bills. This segment of the documentary mainly focused on the buildup of pathos and logos. Pathos was prevalent as it was humorous to see how countries like Canada, France, and England contrasted so sharply from America. Michael Moore was able to utilize this pathos in a more effective manner by exaggerating his reactions when he realized that both healthcare and medicine in these countries were completely free. Logos is the most significant device in this section of the documentary as the message that Michael Moore is trying to illustrate with these comparisons is basically that “If they can do it, you [America] can do it too”. Ethos is also incorporated throughout this whole section as Michael Moore personally goes to these countries to interview and learn about the different healthcare systems. The final segment of the documentary eases back into the American health industry and its problems.
In Part three of Michael Moore’s documentary, the overall aim in the story is simply to gear back to America’s faulty health care system. In this section, Michael Moore introduces several 9/11 rescue workers who struggled to obtain substantial health care. The fact that even the nation’s heroes are