Essay on Blackfish and Consider the Lobster Documentaries

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The documentary Blackfish directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, leaves the viewer with many different emotions. This documentary follows the life of Tilikum, a captured killer whale who is forced to preform for SeaLand. The director uses different interviews from people who have worked with Tilikum or have seen him attack people during the shows. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has said that swimming with and training killer whales is not safe at all and should not be done. They believe it is a very high risk to the human working with the whale. In Blackfish, one person shows a whole different side to their job and brings out all his emotions. This person would be John Crowe, a diver whose job was to capture…show more content…
Using sad music gets the person already feeling emotional and is put there purposely to do that. Similar, but slightly different to Blackfish, Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace he also creates a picture in the readers mind to get them to show emotion. At one part of the story he intricately describes the boiling of a lobster. He says, “If you're tilting it from a container into the steaming kettle, the lobster will sometimes try to cling to the container's sides or even to hook its claws over the kettle's rim like a person trying to keep from going over the edge of a roof” (Wallace 3). What Wallace is trying to do is show you how these lobsters are being tortured and killed for a human’s needs. He is creating the picture of the lobster clinging to the side of the pot trying not to die, and comparing it to a person holding onto a roof trying not to fall to their death. The way he compares the lobster with a human makes the reader feel as though the lobster has feelings like a human. This gets the reader to feel emotion for the lobster like they would for a person. Both Blackfish and Consider the Lobster the author/director creates this horrible picture in the reader/viewers minds to make them feel strong emotion for the characters. The director Cowperthwaite, from Blackfish uses different strategies to show that she is credible and her information is reliable. First she uses interviews from people who actually worked with

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