Harvey Dent is a complex character within the film. At the beginning of the movie, he is Gotham’s beloved amiable and charismatic district attorney who is well-respected by the city’s citizens. In some ways, Dent resembles a hero himself; he is a moral character who fights for ultimate justice for his citizens. He serves as a role-model Gotham’s citizens can look up to and he is essentially a hero without a mask. As Commissioner Gordon states at the beginning of the film, “Harvey Dent was needed. He was everything Gotham has been crying out for. He was...a hero. Not the hero we deserved - the hero we needed. Nothing less than a knight, shining” (Nolan The Dark Knight). Many critics argue that Dent is more of a hero than Batman ever was; he presents himself to the public instead of hiding behind a mask, like Batman, and is a well-liked public figure rather than Batman who some citizens consider a vigilante rather than a hero. Viewers also view Dent as the trag...
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...hemselves because the traumatic events that caused them to turn to the shadow side were not documented in the movie.
An individual becomes evil because of their past experiences. After witnessing a distressing event, a part of that individual is released, a part of themselves they once never thought possible. It is now clear to viewers that the shadow side is deep within us all, just waiting to be released and waiting to consume the individual. Jung suggested that “social upheaval, war, rebellion, and oppressive cultural practices are the pathological outward expression of a secret psychic attitude, unknown even to the individual, transmitted by no historian” (Knight 8). The three main characters of the movie Batman: The Dark Knight demonstrate this theory by their behavior after experiencing traumatic events, either during the movie or during their childhood years.
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