Symbolism In The Dark Knight

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Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” The Dark Knight, filmed in 2008, illustrates how Batman, with the help of Lieutenant Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, attempted to dismantle the criminal organizations that plague the city streets of Gotham. While Batman is considered the Dark Knight for Gotham because he attempts to bring justice to criminals outside the law, Harvey Dent symbolizes Gotham’s White Knight because he keeps the city safe without having to hide his true identity. Batman is Gotham’s Dark Knight because even though he fights for justice for the people, he does it while wearing a mask. The people often question whether Batman is a hero because they constantly blame him for the misfortune that plagues the city. For example, the Joker announces that people will die every day unless Batman reveals his identity and targets Commissioner Loeb and the judge presiding over the trial. However, Batman strives to catch villains and hand them over to the police because he still has faith in society. The reason he acts outside the law is because his interpretation of illegal behavior is different from society’s understanding. He breaks minor laws to punish greater crimes, such as when he captures Lau to testify against the Joker. At the end of the movie, Gordon states that Batman “is not a hero but a silent guardian and a watchful protector” (Karounos). The Dark Knight claims that while vigilante justice is illegal, it is sometimes necessary to deal with certain types of criminals. Harvey Dent is often considered Gotham’s White Knight because he symbolizes law and order. In the film, Dent puts 547 criminals behind bars at once and takes the job to clean up Gotham. The... ... middle of paper ... ...don's son with three coin flips. This type of behavior proves that after Rachel's death, Dent discovered the killer inside of him. The movie shows that the law should not engage in “vigilante” action. These deeds are in Batman's area because dark knights, who are outside the law, are the only ones who can fight criminals without disrupting society (Karounos). The Dark Knight shows how Batman and the police work together to fight the new rising criminal mastermind, the Joker. Even though Harvey Dent symbolizes Gotham’s White Knight because he uses the process of law and order to stop criminals, the city needs Batman to stop criminals like the Joker without disturbing the city. Works Cited Karounos, Michael. "The Dark Knight." Christian Cinema. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Mar. 2014. "The Dark Night." For A Few Movies More. N.p., 20 Nov. 2010. Web. 29 Mar. 2014.
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