School of Communication
Barron, William Logan, ""You Do Not Want to Go to the Island: "A Rhetorical Panorama of "The Island"" (2006). Senior Honors Theses. Paper 130.
The first glance at the tropical haven emerging from the luminous teal waters arouses an awe of such a paradise. The inhabitants of a facility in the Michael Bay film, The Island, daily abide in that awe, assured in their eminent continuance succeeding a lethal global contamination. Their perception, however, is limited.
The inhabitants are components of a rhetorical vision and their view of the Island is less that panoramic. Through a rare analysis of film, the device of Fantasy Theme Analysis, devised by Ernest Bormann, interfaced with a notion of vampiring, an unobstructed cyclorama of the Island is made available, indeed, providentially for the inhabitants in the film as well as the real world American society.