For this one, you must persuade a superhero to be a prop for patriotism. Matt's note: This one is sourced from Cominius's speech to Marcius in Act 1, Scene 9 of Coriolanus. The original text follows this monologue.
SINGLE HANDEDLY (any gender, late thirties through late life)
I think this can be a win-win. Listen, I know you get tired of being called a superhero. I get tired of my title: "Most powerful political leader on the planet."
Why can't you and I just be PEOPLE? Wouldn't that encourage more individuals to "step-it-up"? I don't know. I don't know.
What I DO know is this: You've just obliterated several enemy countries. Single-handedly. No-no-no, it's true. Let's not kid ourselves. The army supported you but they were just the backdrop. The people of this country want to celebrate YOU.
They might weaken as individuals. Yes. Nobody could compete with your powers so why bother with self-improvement? That's okay. What they want to know is that there is a GOD. And that God has chosen to protect THIS country.
National pride can move mountains. I suppose you can too but failing that, we've got the PEOPLE.
You don't want me to praise you on national TV? Tough. None of us gets anything for free. You let me brag on you, I get to run a happy country. A country you've been living in very comfortably.
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You shall not be
The grave of your deserving; Rome must know
The value of her own: 'twere a concealment
Worse than a theft, no less than a traducement,
To hide your doings; and to silence that,
Which, to the spire and top of praises vouch'd,
Would seem but modest: therefore, I beseech you
In sign of what you are, not to reward
What you have done--before our army hear me.