All of paragraph eight shows appeal towards ethos; talking about the responsibility of freedom, and pointing out “you cannot escape death and you cannot escape prison.” His attempt at establishing ethics may be enough for the open minded, but he has already turned off a good percentage of his audience due to tone and language.
In paragraph four Manson brings in the most identifying phrase in the piece, “Throw a rock and you’ll hit someone who is guilty.” This is such a powerful statement because it opens your ears, because it has a feeling of sage wisdom to it.
This day they were “going for the big kill” in a suicide attack to coincide with Adolf Hitler’s birthday on April 20th.
That morning in Littleton, Colorado, Dylan and Eric went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and 1 teacher—and the two suicides of Dylan and Eric.
It is something he tries to build throughout the piece.
He uses history and comparison in paragraph two about how America has always glorified killers and outlaws, “they have made them into folk heroes,” even romanticizing their lifestyles.
Another appeal to pathos is Manson’s use of history again in paragraph three referencing the Princess Diana tragedy “Disgusting vultures looking for corpses, exploiting, fucking, filming and serving it up for our hungry appetites in a gluttonous display of endless human stupidity.” writes Manson.
Although this is a good emotional argument, when is it too much?
Playing on emotions is key for art in any medium, but Manson may want to play it a little safer with his arguments when it concerns the death of children.
Manson’s public persona is so extreme unless you actually know what he stands for, his credibility is shaky at best.