Batman: the Dark Knight Rhetorical Analysis

1610 Words Nov 20th, 2012 7 Pages
Justice vs. Terrorism

“The Dark Knight,” a movie directed and produced by Christopher Nolan, depicts the way a system of justice deals with terrorism. If an archetype is defined as a symbol that exists instinctively in the collective consciousness of the human race, the terrorism in Batman The Dark Knight represents an archetype through the violence, murder of the innocent, mayhem and mass destruction. Governments often lay down laws and procedures for a country to function, and to avoid anarchy. The laws promote wellness, equality, and justice, but sometimes even these entities of justice are forced to break the law for a greater good. In contemporary U.S. history, President Barack Obama, the head of one of the most powerful
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Contemporarily the termination of Osama bin Laden’s reign of terror at the top al Qaeda is one of these actions. The United States sent a handpicked group of soldiers, the navy SEALs and the U.S. special operation force, into Pakistan, a country at war due to conflict of internal groups that rule the country. The attack happened at night, and it was an oversea operation that lasted minutes in which a three floor house was raided and bin Laden was killed. If killing is “bad” and it is against the law, then why was bin Laden killed? Certainly this was the necessary action that had to be taken. “The ends justify the means,” it would be for the greater good (Prince Machiavelli). This situation is an innuendo to a part in the movie in which Lau, the accountant for the mob groups in Gotham, flees to Hong Kong in order to escape the jurisdiction of the Gotham’s justice system.
Lau was right in his move, he was out of Gotham city officials’ jurisdiction, however he forgot about Batman. In the movie, Lau is talking over the phone up high in his hundred story building when the lights go out. At this moment Batman starts his raid on the building, which is an analogy to the raid done by the Navy SEALs to bin Laden’s hideout, he defeats Lau’s protectors, he nullifies all of the building's security and successfully extracts Lau from his hideout, but in this case he
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