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Brian Rhorer Lynda Haas Writing 39B Are You the Hero of Tomorrow? Is today's super hero so much different from the average student or adult working nine to five? Since at least the 8th century, when Beowulf appeared as the first English hero in literature, there have been heroes that define a generation and since then, that hero has been evolving with society. On September 25, 2006, a new television series titled Heroes aired for the first time and immediately began to sweep the nation. The basis of the show is to tell the story of a cast of seemingly ordinary people That night, Heroes attracted 14.3 million viewers and received the highest rating for an NBC drama premiere in five years. Creator Tim Kring is a screenwriter and television producer who also produced another popular show, Crossing Jordan . There is also another distinct reason Heroes has drawn in such a large audience. Heroes itself is not necessarily just a show, but rather a parable designed to teach a lesson. In order to achieve success, we must overcome our own adversities that trouble us in order to come together and succeed in our goal. In other words, there is a hero in all of us, waiting to be called upon and we just need to overcome our flaws in order to come together as a society. The episode of Heroes titled, “Four Months Later”, uses rhetorical devices such as ethos and irony in the characters Mohinder Suresh, Claire Bennet, and Matt Parkman to portray the heroes as normal humans trying to find out who they are in society, in effect captivating a large, but young audience who is also searching to find themselves. The show opens up with a monologue voiced by Mohinder Suresh discussing the importance of heroes in the fictional society that contains the characters from Heroes . Suresh is a professor of genetics from India in search of people possesing superhuman abilities.
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(Wikipedia) He says of heroes in the opening scene, “destiny brought [heroes] together to repair, to heal, to save us from ourselves.” The omniscient voice speaking of the gratitude owed to the heroes serves as a key element in developing his ethos with the audience. People who watch to show will be more likely to believe and trust a voice seeming to be all-knowing rather than a person spouting off information that should be taken as fact. “We pass them on the street without a glance, never suspecting, never knowing. Do they even know yet?” The voice seems to believe that there are many heroes out in the world who do not even know of their extraordinary abilities and instead believe they are just ordinary citizens of humanity. Suresh, the omniscient voice in the opening scene of the episode is next shown giving
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