Orcas are friendly amazing and intelligent animals in the wild and show no signs of ever harming any human while in the wild. They swim with no worry and happiness as we come to destroy their families and way of life. Trapping them in a small swimming pool and depriving them of food constantly if they don’t do the tricks right, wouldn’t you be stress let alone these whales that have been separated from the families. Getting captured and put into small pools is nothing like the big wide open ocean. Not knowing where their families are and even separated from future families would drive even a human being to a psychotic behavior. What do you except these peaceful intelligent animals will eventually do. Blackfish is about how captivity will drive killer whales to aggressive behavior that they will eventually lead them to attack not just their trainer but anyone. Inside the 2013 documentary Blackfish, produced by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and Eli B. Despres, tales of killer whales are told. These creatures in the wild are viewed to be majestic, intelligent and friendly giants, but when held in captivity, these creatures have the capacity to attack and kill viciously. Blackfish strongly contends that orcas should not be held in captivity, and that this appalling treatment of the killer whales in not only harmful to animals, but also to people working with them. Through many techniques and emotional appeals, Blackfish exploits the argument and engages its audience in the discussion of keeping such intelligent creatures in captivity will only bring nothing but harm.Blackfish is about the how creativity can drive killer whales unhinged and ready to kill. As Tilikum is there bread feeder of seaworld and they can’t afford to lose him. The documentary focus on the story of a captive a killer whale named Tilikum that has taken the lives of several peoples.The purpose of blackfish is to drive rage at seaworld as it continues to cover up the truth and blames the victims and will do so for as long as it can. Seaworld is not all fun and games but actually a dangerous places where they ignore the safety of their employees and animals. The writer of this documentary uses rhetorical strategies like anecdotes, allusion, satire, refutation, and irony to prove seaworld is in the wrong and continues to hide their mistakes to manipulate the public. For which some of their trainers ended up paying the ultimate prices for these mistakes. Water theme parks especially seaworld are risking the lives of humans and are destroying the mental and physical capabilities of orca whales by keeping them in captivity as they continue to negalocate the safety of their employees.This documentary uses rhetorical appeals to connect with the audience and to get them engage in the argument. To build up their credibility and make their argument strong they use ethos. They have former trainers, scientists, experts and whale hunters all speaking about orcas behaviors. The most effective appeal to ethos is through the testimony of former orca trainers at seaworld. In Order to convince the audience to agree with the purpose of the film the director shows actual footage from an attack with witnesses testimony. This supports the larger focus because it allows the audience to use ethos the ethical character of source to be persuaded. The audience will believe these experts and trainers because this is their expertises and they have credibility. Also they are people who have experienced and seen evidence of what captivity does to these creatures. So compared to a normal person the audience is more likely to believe and follow the expert whale trainers. This supports the larger focus because it relates back to the thesis and supports it as they all say in the interviews how tough living conditions of orca whales are at seaworld. After listening to the comments made by these credible sources the audience will start to agree with the claim being made here which is that being held in captivity is not good for orcas as it will only negatively affect their mental and physical health. The second rhetorical strategy am going to analyze is the appeal to pathos. The director to uses pathos to connect with the audience emotionally. In the film to really connect with the audience emotions deeply they show the baby orcas being separated from their mothers. They also show pictures of how tilikum is suffering when they leave him alone in the pool with the other two orcas alone. Tilikum doesn’t do the tricks right so the trainer punish all their orcas and deprive them of food which leads tilikum to be bullied by his own kind. The argument is supported by the detailed facts about how whales are to an extent, tortured and become agitated with no outlet. Scientists explain how intelligent these whales are, they explain how whales have very emotional and social lives, more than any other mammals. To support this they show a group of whales working together trying to eat a seal, this proves just how intelligent these animals are. This helps supports the thesis because throughout the documentary they show how whales held in captivity are affected mentally and knowing that whales have emotions and feel just as humans do, it makes it harder to see them suffer in captivity. When Kelty Burns dies it truly impacts the audience emotions because they talks about how working at seaworld was just a summer job and telling us about all her dreams, knowing that her dreams won’t come true hugely impact the audience emotions. By incorporating this clip into the documentary it strengthened the thesis of dangerous it is to keep orcas in captivity, because Tilikum did only act out due to the built up anger do to captivity. This film effortlessly exposes the harsh treatment of killer whales, while also informing the audience about the mutually harmful effects for humans and orcas due to their captivity. Film techniques used in the film that really support the thesis and gets to the audience is visual and sound techniques. Right before the film begins the audience hears haunting music while various calls to the police are being made about trainers being attacked by one of the killer whales at seaworld. Due to the dark music and the tone of the caller the audience is already on edge. The video clip that is shown leads the viewers to believe that the killer whale is attempting to attack the trainer, but we soon find out afterward that it is a video from one of the shows at SeaWorld. The dark, emotive atmosphere created in the introduction of the movie, was quickly turned into a happy and enjoyable atmosphere when we see that the whale and the trainer are performing a trick and the music is that of a show being put on in SeaWorld. This supports the main purpose because it shows the audience what captivity eventually does to these intelligent and happy mammals in the end as the go from performing successfully to attacking them before the show is even over. Music was the strongest film techniques used in this film though. The music helps focus in on the listening aspects of the film rather than on the visual aspects. Music in the documentary was used to arouse intensity, empathy, sadness and happiness of the audience. When the baby whale Kalina was being separated from its mother Katina to a different park there was sad music playing as Katina scream in misery to help enhance the sadness during the scene. This inflames the audience with rage against seaworld as they continue to torture these creatures. It backs up that keeping these animals in captivity and separating them from former families and future families is cruel. One form of evidence used to prove the claims being made in this argument is anecdotal evidence. They use the testimonies of people who were there and saw Tilikum drag and drown Keltie Byrne in the pool as the other two orcas surround around her. The sources are testimonies of corinne cowell and nadine kallen as they have witnessed the attack on Keltie Byrne. It is effective because they were there on the day of the attack and they witnessed it first hand. Another form of evidence is visual evidence as we see the captive killer whale Tilikum attacking Dawn Brancheau.The video clip shows us when he grabs her arm at first it looks like he just playing but we quickly realize he is not and she is really is in trouble. The source of this evidence is video clips of the attack. This evidence is really effective and credible because the audience can see tilikum attacking Dawn with their own eyes and how Seaworld tries to blame the victim when truly it’s the captivity to blame. The overall use of evidence provides credible sources, anecdotes, multiples voices and perspectives. And as sea world refuse to be interviewed for this documentary shows that they have something to hide. The news reports and cover ups of the incident are then put forward to illustrate seaworld’s corporate greed. As they try to put the blame on Dawn who is not even her to defend herself. This is the last evidence that convinces the audience that seaworld should be shut down for good and release these creatures.With these evidence being presented fallacies began to form out all this research and valid evidence. There are couple fallacies used in the film the audience notices in the documentary. One of the fallacies used in the film is hasty generalization, hasty generalization is drawing a conclusion based on insufficient evidence. Now the fallacies is that since tilikum killed due to stress brought on by captivity all whales in captivation will kill. This fallacy quickly makes the audience agree with the claim being made in the film which strengthen the argument. Another fallacy used in the film is false dilemma, false dilemma is either x or y is true. The false dilemma is that stop putting killer whales in captivity, or have more people be put in danger and killed. This fallacy might affect the argument because it shift the focus from seaworld and the orcas to the people and orcas. But it does still back up the claim that captivation leads killer whale to kill. So it strengthen the argument more than it weakens it. Seaworld is actually a horrible place and killer whales confined in captivity will eventually become aggressive and kill viciously. When you put together everything that this film brought to light you can see that this documentary created a strong and effective argument. They used witnesses and video clips of orcas attacking trainers, as they used former seaworld trainers to tell how seaworld blinded them and the public of the truth. This made their argument strong because these were people who to use to work there and experience just how horrible these creatures are treated. Another thing that made their argument strong and effective is they use experts, and scientist to explain just how orcas have a human like brains that functions the same. They have emotions just like a human mother would feel sad when separated from her baby, orcas feel that pain to. Now others may not agree with this claim because they could believe that the problem is just tilikum and nothing to do with captivity. That seaworld should not be shut down but should just replace tilikum and say that is film has a good and strong argument but not true. Well this claim is false because as I see it seaworld still refuse to be interviewed for this film and these experts and former trainer prove that captivity leads to psychotic behavior and leads orcas to attack people out of frustration. In Fact seaworld continues to hide the truth and risk the safety of their employees. The bigger picture here is should animals at all be held in captivity in the first place and not just orcas which has been a debate that has been going on for the past decades. When you focus on the claim you can see that this issue didn’t start with this film but is a bigger problem than we come to think of. Blackfish focuses solely on the condition of seaworld’s killer whales in captivity but the larger picture is that removing any animal from the wild is cruel.