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Stating the Obvious?

Deborah Eisenburg’s “Twilight of the Superheros” touches on various aspects of life, particularly life before and after 9/11. I want to take a look at the very beginning of the story. The relevancy and purpose of the content on the first three pages was in question during the round-table discussion.

The passage highlights the anticipation, the fear, and the uncertainty of what is to come after the clock strikes 12. The story highlights the anticipation, the fear, and the uncertainty life brings. Was there a certain thrill attached to predicating the end of the world or stimulating the hype? The intensity of each prediction increased as the passage went on. After all, the world did know that the year 2000 was arriving and that it would have to arrive before anything else happened. The clock had to strike 12; nothing would happen before then. But still Eisenberg goes on to say that “we poor humans cannot actually think ahead; there are just too many variable.” So then is this not a story of uncertainty? History shows that “when it comes down to it…no one is in charge of the things that really matter;” whether it’s the number of people that die, or when a war really ends, or how opponents react, or the amount of damage natural disasters actually cause or in this case the true impact the demise of two towers will have on the lives of average Americans (4). One day you wake up in a beautiful apartment overlooking the twin towers but the next day you may wake up without a bed and the world without the towers. Not a single soul on the planet knew what was to happen at 12am on January 1, 2000 and not a single soul on the planet knew what was actually going to happen that September morning (not even the attackers), until it actually happened. Because no one can see the future but rather be a part of the history.

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