In chapter 12 of "They Say/I Say" Graff and Birkenstein talk about the ways to read an article. The authors say not just to read it and take everything at face value but to look deeper into it and find out what the writer is trying to say. It's even suggested to go further then that and to not just find out what the writer is trying to convey but to understand the piece so clearly you are able to think about it critically and write it in your own words.
I picked to write about one of the first article we read, Why We Crave Horror Movies by Stephen King. King relays his thesis statement in the first paragraph of the piece, “I think that we’re all mentally ill; those of us outside the asylums only hide it a little better- and maybe not all that much better, after all." He certainly agrees with his thesis statement since he is a horror writer by trade and uses this experience (ethos) to make his argument very believable. I do not really think he is responding to an argument, rather, stating his view on the subject and using his ethos and pathos the further inform his audience and let them shape their own opinions on the subject. As I just stated, King's motivation for writing this article in order to educate people and help them gain a wider view of a already interesting and often time controversial subject matter, horror movies. In class, we've went over many different pieces that can relate to the main points seen in this article: Why Vampires Never Die and Vampires And Why We Love Them just to name a few.