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Theresa Le
Professor Greg McClure
Writing 39B
21 November 2016
A Look Into Mental Illness
The RIP, or Rhetoric in Practice, project exemplifies multiple aspects addressed
this past quarter, including rhetorical situation, cultural context, and historical context.
The short horror film we decided to do for our assignment consists of a main character
who is constantly harassed and victimized by a seemingly outside antagonist. However,
the audience later learns that the monster lays within the protagonists mind due to
schizophrenia, which eventually causes an act of suicide. The execution of this storyline
is made for not only an audience composed of our Writing 39B class, but also a broader
scholarly reception in which expects a clear message within our work. The topic of
loneliness derived from mental illnesses centralizes the film as it addresses the
necessity for society to pay attention to those in need. The horror aspect of this project
is showcased through several profane scenes that display a sense of creepy violence
among an unknown situation. The ultimate attack from the antagonist demonstrates a
suspenseful, monstrous act that satisfies the horror genre, but later becomes a
subversion due to its reveal as a hallucination. However, this remains an example of
horror as Noel Carroll, an American philosopher and professor, writes about in his
essay, The Nature of Horror. He constructs the expectations of a horror genre, claiming
that monsters are not only physically threatening; they are cognitively threatening
(Carroll 56). This elaborates on how a monster, like the antagonist in this story, can be

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threatening despite its only existence in the mind. The short film attempts to convey a
message about how mental illness is a sensitive issue for many, but ignoring it does not
make the situation any better. The struggle to differentiate from imagination and reality
highlights the biggest difficulty involving schizophrenia, and the movie exemplifies these
hardships through the interactions between the protagonist and antagonist. The RIP
also incorporates hallucinations, pills, and odd attire because many associate these as
signs of unconventional situations. Mental illness remains a worldwide matter that
millions of people deal with on a daily basis. Even at an environment like a college
campus, it is possible for this kind of situation to occur because many are unaware of
the distress that the sickness causes. With such a diverse atmosphere, there is bound
to be several students experiencing this kind of pain, and it alarming to know that they
may not know how to seek help. Someone may be considered crazy for acting this way,
but this ignorance embodies a societal value about the lack of knowledge concerning
this issue. Therefore, the value needs to progress in regards to how to deal with mental
illnesses because ultimately, circumstances could result in fatal consequences if not
handled correctly.
The death of the protagonist displays a trope of hallucination to signify the
repercussions of those struggling with mental illness without proper treatment or
attention. This scene symbolizes the peak of his schizophrenia, reaching a limit in which
could no longer be dealt with anymore. The act of monstrosity from the antagonist only
stands for a representation of the inner monster of the main character, who rises above
all and defeats the battle. This emphasizes the strong threshold an illness can have on
people, one in which captivates all the energy and emotion to the point of destruction.

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1. Has the writer clearly spent time analyzing audience reception?
The writer has definitely spent some amount of time analyzing how the audience will perceive the
film. The only issue I have is that I feel that some members may feel that the topic at hand will be too
sensitive a subject and I believe that the writer needs to address these conflicts accordingly.
2. Does the writer clearly describe the medium and genre used for their project and discuss how specific
conventions expected of texts in that medium and genre were targeted?
The writer clearly describes the medium and genre for their project and does
discuss how the specific genre will be portrayed and represented in their project. It
discusses several aspects of the specific genre and clearly describes how these will
be shown and utilized.
3. Does the writer clearly describe what she wants the audience to know, feel, and think and how those
receptions were designed?
The writer does describe what they desire their audience to feel and speaks
specifically on the such audience members such as fellow students from their class.
Unfortunately they do not anything referring to expectations or the like. They do
however go in depth into specific conventions of the genre that they are utilizing.
Included in this is the particular cultural conventions that they tackle to guarantee
the connection to their audience in a cultural setting.
4. Does the writer clearly describe what he/she intends as the primary message of the text? Has the writer
distinguished between purpose and message? Also, are the purpose/message of the text related to an
analytical point that was discussed in class?
The writer does in fact tackle why the specific message that they are trying to convey in the text
but has not made the clarifications necessary to distinguish between the purpose and the message.
5. Has the writer addressed the group situation with some insight and engaging examples?
Unfortunately the group situation has not been addressed as of yet and lacks the examples desired
for the group situation.