Tuesday, July 31, 2012

A Dark Night Indeed! (Do movies influence our behavior?)

It would seem so and that too paradoxically in a negative manner- James Holm paints himself like the “Joker” in Batman enters a cinema hall in Aurora, Colorado, lobs smoke bombs and goes on a shooting spree, killing 12 and wounding 50 people. This incident has appalled people all over the world. According to davinci, comics teach us lessons, in Batman comic lore Bruce Wayne’s parents were murdered in front of him at an impressionable age, creating a psychological trauma. Bruce grows up and investigates the mind of the underworld and becomes” truly lost”. A person called Henry Ducard comes to his rescue, he trains Bruce for many years at “The league of Shadows” and helps him to find his path. Like most comics Batman also contains an underlying moral and important lessons for all us. It teaches us that will power is more important than any training and to achieve anything in life you will have to sacrifice something ( Bruce sacrificed his wealth to fight injustice). It is harder to make choices when you know that the consequences are risky and fraught with danger. Batman also taught us that fear is normal (he was also scared) but we must keep going despite our fears. He also taught us that struggles and fear are part of everyone’s lives, and also that we never get recognition for our good deeds. No one knew Bruce Wayne was Batman- he struggles with his identity like we all do – we wear masks we create different identities - for parents, children, friend and co-workers. Like Batman we must also represent the good against the evil which is in all of us; the constant struggle we face in our daily lives, the fears we hide within and strive to live like a normal human. You don’t need to be a superman. Batman was also a psychological wreck from inside after his parents were killed- but it was ultimately what he did that defined him. “It is not who you are from the inside, but what you do that defines you”. – Batman Begins& excerpts from Step case.-

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