Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, Mrs. Norton
Monomyth Essay, Final Draft
January 28, 2013
The hero in Batman Begins is Bruce Wayne. He watched his parents get shot to death at age 8, and inherited their big fortune. He chose to avenge his parent’s death by fighting crime in Gotham after he was not able to kill his parent’s murderer. Bruce chooses the bat as his symbol since that was what he was most afraid of. In Batman Begins Bruce Wayne goes to the Himalayas and gets trained in the way of the League of Shadows by Ra's Al-Ghul. He returns to Gotham City to avenge his parent’s death by fighting crime in the city. One of the ordeals batman goes through is he stops a drug lord’s drug shipment from going through, but one of the shipments goes through. This shipment goes thorough to the head doctor at the asylum in Gotham, and he plans on using the drug to take over Gotham City. The head doctor at the asylum is also known as the Scarecrow. He uses his harmful drugs to fight batman. There are a few archetypes in Batman Begins. Archetypes are universally understood symbols, statements, or patterns of behavior. Archetypes are often used in myths and storytelling across different cultures. The archetypes used in Batman Begins are the hero, Bruce Wayne; the mentor, Alfred and Ra’s Al Ghul; shapeshifter, also Ra’s Al Ghul; guardian, Falcone; and the shadow, the Scarecrow. Alfred raised Bruce after his parents were killed. He was also one of few people who actually know batman's true identity. Alfred also helps heal whatever wounds batman endures in any intense battle against a villain. Ra’s Al Ghul was also the mentor. Ra’s taught Bruce his combat skills and the ways of the League of Shadows. The guardian was the drug lord, Falcone. Falcone runs the drug shipment throughout Gotham and sends shipments of the harmful drugs to Dr. Michael Crane, also known as Scarecrow. The shape shifter was Ra’s Al Ghul. As well as being the...