Rhetorical Analysis Of Fears In 'Never Cry Wolf'

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“Fears are the stories we tell ourselves”-Anonymous. In the book Never Cry Wolf (1963) the author Farley Mowat uses many rhetorical strategies to illustrate to the reader that wolves are not bloodthirsty beasts, but rather friendly, logical, and emotional animals that we have no reason to fear. People have an instinctual adversity to predatory animals such as wolves and even though fear is a natural reaction we should try to suppress it, and see wolves for what they really are. The people that the author met in the Canadian north based their fears of wolves solely on stories passed down through generations. Of all his strategies Mowat’s most effective persuasive appeals were logos, personification, and tone. Throughout the book Mowat uses logos to try and convince us of the wolves innocence in the supposed vicious, blood thirsty killing of the caribou. Because he did not have the resources to conduct a study on the nutrition of mice and and wolves ability to survive off of them, he conducted an experiment on himself. He eats mice for his first period and and canned meat and fish for his second. At the end of each tests himself and finds that his “metabolic functions remained unimpaired under a mouse regimen”(113) which indicated that wolves could too. Mowat also witnessed wolves picking sick and weak caribou and deer from a heard first hand. He followed a wolf pack across the arctic tundra and saw them pass up many healthy looking herds and bucks without as much as a

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