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KA Response to the Dark Knight

KA Response to the Dark Knight

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David PerleyRhetorical Analysis of “The Dark Knight”Directed by Christopher NolanIn this movie, the infamous Batman tries to put away Gotham’s most ruthless criminal todate, the Joker, but in the process creates new enemies from different standpoints. The genre of this text is a Hollywood film. The intended audience of the film are people who like action films.The main two scenes of the movie that I am analyzing counter act with one another and the mainquote that “you will either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain”(Dent).Scene one involves a double date with Harvey Dent and Batman. Dent is a DistrictAttorney who has put away hundreds of criminals and created Gotham’s prison city district. Hisdate Rachel, who had previously had relations with the other main character Bruce Wayne, isalso an attorney within Gotham. Bruce Wayne is the CEO and sole owner of Wayne Industriesand is secretly the city’s infamous hero Batman. His date is Natasha who is the main dancer inthe Moscow Ballet. Let’s start off with who exactly is Harvey Dent? He worked with cops fromall around the city and put an end to the corruption of that lawyer/criminal/judge relationshipfilled with bribes and mal-justice. There simply was no justice and before Harvey Dent no onewould dare stand up to the many mobs, gangs, and criminal associations that filled the city andmade it a not so very safe city to live in. When Harvey Dent came along he took a stand and saidthat this has to stop. So through the use of ethos and logos Harvey Dent is a true bred hero.During the date, we have Wayne’s date compliments him Dent of how he should be thetrue hero of all the posters, all the movies and all of the stories of the infamous Batman, that he is
 
the true hero. In that particular comment of the scene Christopher Nolan uses Logos to help persuade the viewers that Harvey Dent is good for the job because he is a paramount socialfigure to the city of Gotham and is even classified as the “Hero of Gotham”. Even though HarveyDent is credited with all those arrests and pride what viewers of the movie know and the peopleof Gotham don’t is that the Batman was the one who brought the criminals to the police, whoended the mobs reign and basically the sole reason on why Harvey Dent could even do what heaccomplished. So who is the true Hero? We have Batman who was the mysterious citizen bystander who decided to take a stand and do it himself, or Harvey Dent, the district attorneywho brought these criminals to court and put them away. To the people of Gotham, Harvey Dentis the true hero because they didn’t know of the real happenings and occurrences of the Batmanand they thought he was just a criminal himself who just took out his competition to notch hisway up on the power pole. At the end of scene 1 Dent says “you either die a hero, or live longenough to see yourself become the villain” and when first watching this movie this quote reallystuck out to me. If you think about society today and even way back in the past, could this really be true? All throughout history we have seen high political figures and heroes who had all of these accomplishments behind him and then they try to perfect them and go down with the ship,throwing out everything they had going for them out the window. Then again we have thoseheroes who died for their country and had played a huge impact either for their country or for whoever they did it for, and they die as a hero. Even though we might not have known them personally they died for a cause and because of their death problems were looked at differentlyand actions were taken against them. I remember thinking about this a lot and even got myself thinking about my very own life, am I going to die a hero or eventually become the villain tryingto perfect my accomplishments. So I came to the conclusion that all people in this world have
 
accomplishments and die as their very own version of a hero, then again these heroes can takewhat they accomplish and get greedy, so greedy enough that they try to perfect their greed andeventually live long enough they can become their very own villain destroying all their accomplishments they had worked so hard for. A prime example of a villainous hero is displayedin scene 1 when the city of Rome was attacked that they created democracy so they can have onehigh end figure to make all the hard decisions that the general public would never be able to.Then Rachel explains that the last person to take that role in Rome was Julius Caesar who never gave up his power and was the fall of Rome. Nolan used this historical genre in what Rachel issaying to help support the famous quote that is said right after her. That got me thinking that thisquote is really true because now thinking critically about Julius Caesar I realized that he was therise and the fall of Rome. He brought Rome up from the depths and made it the most well-known, most influential, and most prosperous empire of that time period and if he had just passed down his power when his term was up then he really would have died a hero. Instead of doing that he had no trust in anyone else but him could handle being the leader of this majesticempire so he kept it for himself and strived for new territory and conquered innocent nationsstockpiling enemies and then finally one day those enemies caught up with him in his own power circle and was murdered by his own people and after that the empire was taken down andconquered by the ottomans, destroying all that Julius Caesar had worked so hard on. Caesar  become an enemy to his very own people and despite all the effort he had on the rise of Rome,was the reason for its fall. He lived long enough to see himself become the villain. The ethos Nolan used were the high political figures of Batman, Dent, and even Julius Caesar and madethese figures contribute to the ethics and overall meaning of the quote Dent said of dying a hero.The second scene for analysis is the ending scene and the conclusion of the movie. In

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