Bruce Wayne uses all of the strength he possesses in order to keep Batman from being free despite his relentless struggles to break free from the chains that keep him. The usage of dramatic lines the author uses and the constant shadows creates the imagery of captivity and the innermost thoughts and struggles that Bruce Wayne possesses deep inside. Cell bars represent the windows on the panels of this comic. This is a metaphor and it is emphasizing Bruce Wayne’s struggle in trying to keep Batman from escaping. The view of the prison is created with a limited amount color. It is a very harsh image with the grey and black coloring, creating shadows all throughout. The...
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...bolism and metaphor enable Batman: The Dark Knight Returns to transcend the conventions of superhero comics.
Throughout this book there are many themes, but the one that Frank Miller focuses on the most is the ideological struggle between Bruce Wayne and Batman. Batman is a hero during the night that protects the people of Gotham city to the best of his capability and is willing to sacrifice everything, even his true identity. Then there is Bruce Wayne, who is a very rich, spoiled playboy that does not care about anything other than him and the luxurious lifestyle he lives. The ideological struggle between Batman and Bruce Wayne is very important in this book because everyone at some point struggles between who they actually are and who they want to be. The way Frank Miller portrays the struggle in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is truly a work of art.
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