Paradox In The Dark Knight

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When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, a paradox arises. This paradox is portrayed in the action packed film, The Dark Knight, directed by Christopher Nolan, a menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc on the people of Gotham, while a “caped crusader” who goes by the name of the Batman battles with one of his greatest psychological tests in the never-ending fight for justice. This psychological battle is his strenuous relationship with the Joker. The Joker is a criminal mastermind whose ultimate goal is to get the Batman to kill him, the predicament here is that the Batman has an unbreakable promise he made himself, which is that he can not kill anyone. In return, the Joker also needs the Batman in his life because he feels that …show more content…
The viewer doesn’t get the answer in The Dark Knight, and that is the problem with the Dark Knight, Batman recognizes that the Joker wins, that it is impossible to beat him, unless Batman plays by his rules, in some sense. While referring to the Joker, Alfred, Batman’s butler states, “Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn” (The Dark Knight). The paradox exists because the Joker cannot be stopped without being killed. Since the only one who is capable of killing the Joker is the Batman, the Joker continues to harass the people of Gotham and take advantage of the fact that Batman promised himself not to kill anyone. The end result is a never-ending cat and mouse game between the Joker and the Batman; the Joker is always able to do his mischievous actions, while the Batman has crime to attend …show more content…
It’s based upon their own ethics and beliefs in which they have come to abide by. While trapped by the Batman, the Joker states, “This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren’t you? You wont kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness, and I wont kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever” (The Dark Knight). This is a complete understanding of the relationship between the two showing the truth that they aren’t meant to die at the hands of one another but to continue to blindly have a purpose in Gotham city. Although this battle between the Batman and the Joker can never come to an end, the is one person who can stop

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