The Dark Knight - the Joker

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The Joker

In the film, The Dark Knight directed by Christopher Nolan, The Joker, one of Batman's most dangerous enemies whose aim is too push Batman to his ultimate limits, to break his personal rules and strict moral code. This, being the Jokers only reason to live, he has no fear of death and pain. The Joker is characterised as a calculating and logical criminal, a rebel with minimal empathy or moral and a nemesis who commits purposeless crime. Together these characteristics are developed through specific and appropriate use of technical aspects, such as, camera movement, camera angles, props and dialogue. Together these techniques create a character who is an extraordinary to watch, as he causes chaos in Gotham City, all to get inside Batman's mind and to toy with his emotions.

The Joker is portrayed as a very fearless and calculating character. A criminal with logic, but no justification for his actions. This is important to the rest of the film as this is what clashes with Batman. “How do you fight somebody who is bent on destruction, even if it means self-destruction”, Christian Bale states, Batman's character. An example of the Jokers fearless nature in the film, is the “charity event” scene at Bruce Wayne's apartment. The Joker intrudes, making a prominent and spectacular entrance, he walks in when is assistants pull the trigger on a gun. This contrasts with Batman's superiority as Bruce Wayne also makes a memorable entrance, in a Helicopter. Everything is impeccable with the Joker, his timing, his actions, everything is always perfect. He appears confident and is supported by the technique of dialogue. Anyone who shows fear, or confides to his proposition or plans, he plays on and threatens them. “You remind me of my father... I never liked my father”, The Joker states when a man, who is eligible to be his father stands up to and attempts to threaten him. The Joker always gets personal and compares his victims to someone who “used” to be close to him, he has the ability to undermine his victims weaknesses, in order for them to fear him. Another example of The Jokers fearless nature is evident in this scene when another person stands up to him, Rachel Dawes, Bruce Wayne's ex-lover and no beloved partner of Harvey Dent. She appears confident and demanding of The Joker. This tests The Joker as he decides to pose threats against her, sharing the story of how he got the scars on his face, explaining that he cut his mouth in support of his wife's accident. Altering his story depending on who he threatens, The Joker will always compare them to his victim. The story of how he got the scars is adapted multiple times throughout the film. One example of this is when he tells Rachel Dawes he cut his mouth in support of his wife's accident, he then alters it and says he was abused by his alcoholic father. This is also supported by the aspect of dialogue when he results in stating “now I'm always smiling”. This shows his fearless character as he has the confidence to lie, or so the audience assumes, whether he gets caught or not, he doesn't worry. The technique of dialogue helps develop The Jokers character as it is direct quoting from the character himself, this is effective because the audience's impression follows a trend of him being a fearless, confident calculating individual.

Throughout the film The Joker is developed as a criminal with minimal empathy and lack of morality. This links back to Batman and how they're opposites as Batman has a strong moral code and personal values. The Joker definitely plays on this, as it is his only reason to cause chaos in Gotham City. This is also an example of how The Joker has the ability to make people feel vulnerable through undermining their weaknesses by relating to his personal life, its the reason he enjoys what he does, his aim is to break Batman's strict and specific morality and values, as he can tell Batman still has immense anger and pain, that he tries to cover...
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