The pieces of art, including films, have always been full of symbols that touch all the aspects of life. Of course, the closer the masterpiece is to the time we live in, the more symbolic it will look. as was mentioned in pre written essay , this paper will discuss Richard Alleva’s article “All Grown Up: The Dark Knight”, where he describes the Joker’s character in the film of 2008 as the symbol of terrorism, and express my point of view about it.
The real essence of Joker in the new film can be brightly seen in comparison with the old one that was played by Nicholson. The old Joker was a classic criminal; his motives also were classical and understandable. The revenge for his injury, the desire of getting money and power, such factors provoked the sinful passion in his mind. But if to take a look at the Joker in the new film, we will see cardinally another type of a criminal. This guy is pure evil, the only motive for his doings is the desire to kill and destroy itself. He is not interested in money, women, or any kind of revenge. His only goal is to keep everyone in the fist of fear and the confrontation with Batman is only the source of inspiration for him. I totally agree that new Joker is the symbol of terror, because no matter what “masks” the terrorists wear, their only task is to destroy.
Also, the significant moment is the story of Harvey Dent. The great example of how heroes should not fight with the evil. He tried to use tortures to find out where his kidnapped girlfriend was, but it seemed too severe for Batman and he stopped him. As a result, Dent turned into a new monster, full of anger. This shows us that when dealing with terrorists one should use only rigid methods, or the situation will become only worse. Batman himself looks helpless in the new film; his main function is to wait for the Joker’s next step while in the previous film he was the hero who bargained with the police and was a real nightmare for his enemies.
In general, it can be said that in the new film about Batman, we find a new type of hero’s enemy. The new Joker is more than a usual criminal; he has no history, no face, and no understandable motivation. He is pure evil, the symbol of terror and only the cruelest ways of resistance can work against him.