Language In The Dark Knight

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In the film The Dark Knight, the director Christopher Nolan uses many language features to effectively highlight the contrast between good and evil, and that people have both good and evil within them. One of the most significant scenes that highlights these ideas is the scene where Bane has been knocked to the ground by Batman which crosscuts with the flashback scene of Miranda and Bane’s past. The language features character actions, camera work and characterisation, helped me see the contrast between good and evil, and how people have both good and evil within them, in the scene where Batman has knocked Bane to the ground and is viciously punching him. As Batman is doing this, Nolan has angled the camera at a low angle on Batman to make him look big, scary,…show more content…
Nolan wants us the audience to see that no one is perfectly good, not even Batman because he abuses people even though it is for a good purpose. Nolan wants us to see that not even someone as righteously good as Batman, is perfectly good, they still have their evil flaws. Understanding this makes us humans feel scared and aware that even friendly and nice people, like ourselves, can be as violent and scary as Batman was. Nolan uses the language features crosscutting, camera work, costume and symbolism to highlight the contrast between good and evil and that people have both good and evil within them in the flashback scene, where we see that, as a child, Miranda was saved by Bane from people who were attacking the people in the pit she was in, Bane included. After we, the audience, see this, the scene crosscuts to a scene of the present. Nolan uses a close up camera shot on Bane’s face so that we see the tear that rolls down his cheek. By crosscutting the scene where Bane saves Miranda, with the close up of Bane’s face, our perspective on Bane’s character changes and we see the contrast between good and evil in him. Throughout the film, Nolan had us convinced that Bane was just pure evil,
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