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|by Divya Joshi|
"Why so serious?" … this question thrills me again and again, especially when the great and now 'late' Heath ledger uses it as "The Joker" in the movie - 'The Dark-Knight'. After the movie was released, this character not only fascinated the youth, but also boosted the local 'mafias' who aspire to become a great criminal. The Joker lives a character that is unconventional in every aspect of his life and his deeds; moreover his smile could kill a small baby.
Characterization (The Joker)
The Joker's back story is never truly explained, which is interesting in itself as the Joker basically came from out of nowhere as though a force of nature rather than a human being. The Joker himself gives a few explanations as to his history, but each of them is essentially a lie about some sort of failed family unit. Despite this, there are some conclusions which can be drawn concerning the Joker's back story by judging aspects of his personality and appearance.
The second aspect of the Joker's back story that can be ascertained is that he had poor family experiences. While both of the stories he tells are lies, they both include family tragedy as aspects of that lie. This suggests that he has some sort of family-related trauma in his past.
Now the question arises - What does 'The Joker' represents?
The Joker really represents 'The Dionysian' (Pronounced as - 'Di-uni-sus', a synonym used for the Greek God 'Bacchus, the God of alcohol and wine'), the underlying savage nature of humanity. However, rather than being a typical villain that simply represents the Dionysian, the Joker is aware of what he represents and seeks to show Gotham City that they are actually all like him underneath it all. Thus, all of his actions in the Dark Knight are actually trying to show Gotham how evil they truly are when the rules of society are no longer of benefit to them all. Due to this, the Joker actually gets defensive when he is called crazy, defending the validity of his views and even getting visibly upset when they are proven wrong towards the end.
The Batman and the Joker
In the end, both the Joker and Satan are set back. Decency emerges in difficult times as the would-be victims refuse to blow each other up and Job maintains his innocence, refusing to curse God for his misfortunes. These parallels serve as a solid understanding for not only the otherwise mysterious motivation of the primary villain of The Dark Knight but also the question of human morality that rests at the core of the film.
A few dialogues one must learn from 'The Joker':
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