Dark Knight Rises Essay

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The Hero with a Masked Face According to The Hero with a Thousand Faces, a hero is someone who has given his life over to someone or something bigger than himself. Even in novels and films, a hero is someone who has found or done something beyond the normal range of achievement and experience. Dark Knight Rises is a spectacularly satisfying example that closely follows the steps of Joseph Campbell’s archetypal monomyth theory. The first phase of a hero’s journey is called the departure. For the hero to begin his or her journeys, he or she must be called away from the ordinary world as Campbell states, “This first stage of the mythological journey which we have designated the "call to adventure" signifies that destiny has summoned the hero and transferred his spiritual center of gravity from within the pale of his society to a zone unknown”(54). In Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne goes down his Bat Cave where he hasn’t step foot in for the last 8 years after an encounter with jewel thief Selina Kyle. Her appearance may ignite his journey but what truly convinces Bruce Wayne that the city calls Batman to adventure again is the arrival of Bane a mysterious masked terrorist who shoots his good friend Gordon and stages throughout Gotham. Although Batman always well-prepares for the danger awaits him, he never seems to foresee the “unknown zone” he’s about to step in. The second stage of departure is refusal to the call, which Campbell explains, “The myths and folk tales of the whole world make clear that the refusal is essentially a refusal to give up what one takes to be one's own interest”(60). When officer Blake asks Bruce to return and save the city from terrorist but he refuses. Bruce Wayne has become a total recluse, living lonely and hopeless in his pain. He has lost hope since Joker killed Rachel and Harvey corrupted and has created himself a comfort zone where

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