Rhetorical Analysis Of Where I Find My Heroes By Oliver Stone

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After careful examination of the article, “Where I Find My Heroes” authored by Oliver Stone, it became apparent that Stone uses the rhetorical devices of examples and imagery to help convey his definition of a hero. To help portray his image of a hero, Stone provides examples of heroes all throughout his lifetime. For example, he later stated that as a child, “My heroes were always people like George Washington and General Custer and Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt. Men, generally, and doers” (Stone 1). Then as he talks about what he believes fits the definition of a hero now, one can see that he has mentally evolved to that of someone who should be honored for sacrifices made, not actions that led them to fame. Now he views those who…show more content…
“Scientists who spend years of their lives trying to find cures for diseases … The kid who stands alone instead of joining a gang, which would give him an instant identity … People who take risks despite fears.” After careful examination of the quote, it became apparent that one's everyday human beings can be heroes in their own way, for doing what is right, rather than doing what comes with a reward. Stone uses his imagery to clarify and clearly paint stories of heroism that those of many ages can relate to on a personal level, such as facing one’s fears. Also, Stone adds to his already extensive list of heroes by saying, one does not have to look far for inspiration to be a good person, they can look to friends and family. All in all, in the article “Where I Find my Heroes” written by Oliver Stone, Stone uses the rhetoric devices of examples and imagery to further explain his definition of heroes. Stone uses creative ways to help the reader follow his idea of a hero, such as evolving his writing with his ideas. Also, after reading this article, it became apparent that little gets credited to the heroes who did not make a household name out of
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