Batman Year One

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Kasie Olds
Analysis Paper #1
January 25, 2013
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Batman: Year One is about Bruce Wayne’s beginning as becoming Batman. In the beginning of the comic book, Bruce has always known violence all of his life since he was a child. In the very beginning of the comic book, he witnessed a brutal cold violent act, his parents’ death that happened in front of his very eyes (21). That is one of the biggest contributing factors of who he is today as Bruce Wayne/Batman. As stated on pages 18 and 19, we see the first myth of “Crime Does Not Pay” (Carlson, Myths of Violence Discussion). The actions that are played into these pages are part of an injustice that is played upon Gotham City by the villains/antagonist of the book. The protagonist is Bruce Wayne and James Gordon. By the violence in the comic book, Batman takes the action by using violence to fight the villains in the city. He, then, is seen as an antagonist because he fights and tries to save Gotham from falling apart from crime and restore it back to its former glory.

The second myth that is founded in the comic book is “Myth of the Vigilante”. Basically, Batman sees Gotham City as a city full of violence and therefore, decides to bestow upon the town acts of heroism. Batman is called vigilante because of the fact that he helps saves the city but also no one knows who this man is. Also, in the comic, Batman does take limits to the extreme to make sure that the citizens of Gotham City are safe. He is appointing himself to enforce safety on the community but also at the same time, enforcing himself to have his identity stay hidden. Gotham City is corrupt from the police officers, politicians, and wealthy people that are too worried about what is revolving around them. The reason why Batman puts his safety behind him is the fact that the police and other authority are not within good standing of the community (Whitesell, Myths of Violence Discussion). Batman is...
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