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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 to
date, 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 main
quote 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 hundre
ds of criminals and created Gotham’s prison city district. H
isdate 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? Heworked 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 compliment
s him Dentof how he should be the true hero of all the posters, all the movies and all of the stories of the infamous Batman, that he is
 
Comment [KA1]:
Check Purdue OWL for propername heading and page numbering.
Comment [KA2]:
Movie titles should appear initalics rather than quotation marks
Comment [KA3]:
I am confused by what yourmain point or thesis statement is here. You maywant to expand your introduction and work on yourthesis statement in your next draft to make itclearer for your reader.
Comment [KA4]:
Do you mean injustice?
Comment [KA5]:
Exactly how is ethos and logoscreated here? Be specific for your reader and showhow they are used specifically through what he doesand what he says.
 
the true hero. In that particular comment of the scene Christopher Nolan uses Logos to helppersuade the viewers that Harvey Dent is good for the job because he is a paramount social
figure to the city of Gotham and is even classified as the “Hero of Gotham”.
 
Even though Harvey
 
Dent is credited with all those arrests and pride what viewers of the movie know and the people
of Gotham don’t is that the Batman was the one who brought the criminals to the police, who
ended 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 citizenbystander 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 Dent
is the true hero because they didn’t know of the real happenings and occurrences of the Batman
and 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 Den
t says “you either die a hero, or live longenough to see yourself become the villain” and when first watching this movie this quote really
stuck out to me. If you think about society today and even way back in the past, could this reallybe 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 andhad playeda huge impact either for their country or forwhoever they did it for, and they die as a hero. Even though we might not have known thempersonally 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
Comment [KA6]:
Would his credibility as a heroand his fair-mindedness demonstrate logos or isNolan building ethos here?
Comment [KA7]:
Could you break down thissentence into two to make it clearer for yourreader?
Comment [KA8]:
Can you give specific examplesof these people?
 
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 theiraccomplishments they had worked so hard for. A prime exampleof a villainous herois 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 nevergave 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 justpassed 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 powercircle 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. Caesarbecome 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 ethosNolan 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.
Comment [KA9]:
I feel like you may be gettingoff track a little bit here. Could you direct it moretoward an analysis of the text itself rather thanwhat it makes you ponder in general?
Comment [KA10]:
The way that thesesentences are worded is confusing for me as areader. Is there another way that you could phraseit?
Comment [KA11]:
This sort of reflective writingis out of place in a more formal analysis. Is there away that you could word it without using the firstperson?
Comment [KA12]:
I think that you may bespending too long on thinking about Caesar. Youshould focus more on why Nolan would choose himas the example
try to answer
why 
instead of 
what 
.

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