The Hero Gotham Deserves
“Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.” (Christopher Nolan) In The Dark Knight, Batman is the hero of Gotham. Batman is Bruce Wayne’s identity as he fights crime to protect Gotham in Nolan’s trilogy. Bruce Wayne was born a hero, he was raised the way a hero is and lived the life of a hero. There is no doubt in my mind my argument will be convincing in this case. When one searches for the definition of “hero” in the dictionary, one finds definitions of the term such as: “a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.”, “the principal male character in a story, play, film, etc.”, and “a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal”. If you are familiar with Batman, you would already be nodding your head in approval of my premise, but as a sign of respect to Christopher Nolan’s trilogy and for points in the AP English Language class this essay will be more thorough in its analysis. It will be deeper, in a literary way. You haven’t read everything. Not everything, not yet.
The story of a hero must be one of rebirth and the overcoming of obstacles. All the major pop-culture heroes we know and love have been through it. Neo was awoken from his matrix-induced slumber to face the real world. He had to embrace the fact he was the One, and that he had the power to free mankind from the machines. Atticus Finch fought racism while fighting for his client in the times of blatant discrimination. In Batman’s case, his whole life was filled with tragic obstacles. His parents were murdered when he was barely a child in front of him, which left him without any technical family to nurture him. But in light of his father’s words after he witnessed great fear in a...
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