Relationships between the Narrative and Production Techniques in "The Dark Knight"

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Relationships between the Narrative and Production Techniques in "The Dark Knight" by Mind Map: Relationships between the Narrative and Production Techniques in  "The Dark Knight"

1. Key events/moments that develop the Narrative.

1.1. The Joker robbing the mobsters money in the very first scene.

1.1.1. This is an important scene because it shows the development of the Jokers power over Gotham's standard criminals. Thus proving where all of his minions come for all of his chaotic plans.

1.2. When Bruce Wayne see's Rachel with Harvey Dent at dinner.

1.2.1. Bruce begins to grow feelings for her again. Later in the movie he kisses her and states that he will give himself in, hoping to please the Jokers needs and impress Rachel. Rachel later agrees to Marry Harvey Dent in a high pressure circumstance where they were both tied to explosives. Then she dies.

1.3. Joker trying to corrupt Batman and Gotham.

1.3.1. From the very beginning of "The Dark Knight" the Joker's scheme is to corrupt the Batman because he is "too much fun". He does not plan to kill him. The joker creates elaborate plans (robbing a bank, killing important people, planting explosives in hospitals/boats) that become more and more sinister, just so he can create chaos and corruption.

1.4. When Harvey Dent and Rachel are both being held captive by the Joker.

1.4.1. The Joker gives batman the choice after being tortured to either save Harvey and Rachel, due to them being in separate areas. He gives Batman both addresses, but lied about who was at either location. So Batman, thinking that he was saving Rachel, accidentally saved Harvey, unknowingly fulfilling the Jokers plan to corrupt Harvey with anger and sadness with the death of Rachel. This event created two-face, eventually leading to the death of the "white knight", making the Joker successful in corrupting Gotham but failing to corrupt the Batman.

1.5. When the Joker creates a hit list of high priority people to push Batman to show his identity.

1.5.1. The Joker chooses important people within Gotham (i.e the Mayor, Rachel, Harvey Dent) to make a point that people only care when things that happen in life "is not part of the plan". The pressure does end up making Batman want to reveal his identity (Alfred understood that this would cause them both to go to jail) but then Harvey Dent says that he's the batman, showing the trust he has in the Batman that he will put his suit back on and save him.

1.6. Two-face is trying to be "fair", and threaten Gordon to apologise for what he has not done, which is to save Rachel.

1.6.1. Harvey Dent was corrupted by Joker, after losing Rachel and half his face. His hatred towards Gordon and Batman built more after Joker talks to him in the hospital, and he further believes in chances, because it is always 50-50. As a result, as two-face, he always flips the coin before deciding to kill a person or not.

2. Relationships that develop between characters

2.1. Bruce Wayne - Alfred

2.1.1. Alfred has been looking after the Wayne family since before Bruce was born, and after Bruce's parents were killed, Alfred was the closest thing to family the Bruce had. Alfred looks out for Bruce and gives him advice when needed. After Rachel's death, Alfred burns a letter from her to Bruce that says she chose Harvey over him, because Alfred doesn't want Bruce to lose hope that Rachel loved him back Production techniques involved in portraying the relationship between Alfred and Bruce includes the camera angle that shows Alfred as being slightly above Bruce, because Alfred is a guardian of Bruce and having Alfred as standing above Bruce is a symbol for how Alfred looks after Bruce

2.2. Joker - Mob

2.2.1. The relationship between the Joker and the Mob is that at the start of the film the Joker robs a bank that holds all of the mobs money, and then he manipulates the mob to do what he wants because he has the power of having their money. Another thing that connects the mob to the Joker is the fact that they are all criminals and batman is stopping them from doing their business. The production techniques involved with the relationship between the Joker and the Mob includes camera angles that show close ups of the Joker but wider shots of the Mob, to show just how big the Mob is, and how the Joker is just one man. Another production technique that is used is the setting of where they are. In most cases when they meet they are in dark places that are hidden from society, so that they arent found, and it gives the effect of being alone.

2.3. Batman - Joker

2.3.1. The rival relation of Joker and Batman has been building more and more intense throughout the film. The hatred of Batman towards Joker built after what has happened, and because Joker started involving Rachel in the problem he is making up. This also fits Joker's aim, to corrupt Batman, and not to kill him. This is also because playing with Batman is too much fun for him. Batman on the other hand had been almost driven crazy because he started thinking he is having similarities with Joker because of what Joker had told and shown him. Also Batman was finding hard to put the priority of Gotham first since he had put it more personal emotions than before. The expressions of Batman has been giving the audiences the idea of how struggle he is when he is facing the Joker. It could be seen in both the interrogation scene and the scene when he was riding the bike and almost hit Joker. The set and location has symbolised the relation and the position of the two characters. Joker has always been the criminal, and being mad, which can be shown in the interrogation room.

2.4. Two Face/Harvey Dent - Gordon

2.4.1. The relationship between the character of two face (Harvey Dent) is very quite intense as Two Face fight for vengeance against the people he thinks to have wronged him. Gordon only think to help him and bring him back of the path and side of the justice system. Unfortunately he has become enveloped by his new personer and ego that there is no hope for Harvey. The relationship between these characters is differant on both sides. Gordon strives to help and save him and Harvey fights to make Gordon pay for Rachels death.

2.5. Joker - Two Face/Harvey Dent

2.5.1. The Joker understands the Harvey Dent is the "White Knight" of Gotham city. He is referred to as the Hero that Gotham needs, but doesn't deserve. The Joker attempts to corrupt Harvey Dent, for if he does so then he would have successfully corrupted Gothams light and hope. Harvey was a role model to Gotham because of his noble morals and way of living, but the Joker shows the audience that if a person is pushed far enough, he is capable of breaking.

2.6. Bruce Wayne/Batman - Lucious Fox

2.6.1. Bruce/ Batman has been relying on Fox's technical support, such as his suit and the car. Also Fox has been helping Bruce to take control of his company. However, at last Bruce has developed his own system(phone spying system) but he still gives the credit to Fox, by telling him to put down his own name instead of Bruce's name. The lighting in the basement shows that Batman just want to be in the dark, and doesn't need to have all the credits of saving the city. The camera showing Fox turning to the screen in Batman's hiding, and the next second Batman just disappeared. This shows again how Batman is not keen on having the spotlight for being a hero, although he deserves to be. When Bruce is finding Fox for new weapons,, the camera angle show us that Bruce is following Fox, and being a "customer" instead of being a boss.

2.7. Bruce Wayne - Rachel

2.7.1. Bruce thinks that Rachel will be with him if he quits being Batman. But before Rachel dies he choose's to marry Harvey. Alfred knowing the truth of Rachel intentions to marry Harvey and Bruce's feelings. He chooses not to tell Bruce about Rachels plan, Leaving Bruce with no closure to Rachels death. The use of mid, close and long shots as Bruce and Rachel talk. The use of mid, close and long shots as Bruce and Rachel talk. The use of Mise en' scene in the scene where Bruce his having the party to honour Harvey. ighting plays a huge part as it sets the emotion and tone for the rest of the conversation that they have E.g. Christopher Nolan decides to use blue film giving the scene a much more darker tone. The language that it is used is very serious, this already depicting a very dark scene. This is the use of the narrative element of language.

3. How characters develop and change (their decisions, what influences them and motivations)

3.1. Batman

3.1.1. Through the events of the Joker playing with Gotham's citizens

3.2. Bruce Wayne

3.2.1. Bruce Wayne is an interesting character. It seems that he uses his public reputation as a disguise, and he is actually more batman than he is himself. Through the movie, the Batman merges into Bruce Wayne to an extent. An example of this is when Bruce prevents a murder of Harvey Dent by hiding him in a safe room and when he sacrifices his Lamborghini in a head on collision to divert a more important plot.

3.3. Joker

3.3.1. The Joker can metaphorically be defined as a "dog chasing cars". This is because the more effort Gotham uses to try and stop him, the more fun he is having, thus fulfilling his mad concept of self fulfillment. However, The more Gotham tries to resist the Joker, the harder he plays and the more drastic and chaotic his plans become.

3.4. Harvey Dent

3.4.1. The more Harvey gets involved and the bigger he comes in popularity the more tempting it is for Joker to corrupt him. at the start of the movie Harvey is seen as the "White knight" Gotham's ticket out of crime. Joker knowing that if he brings down Harvey Gotham will crumble, Joker corrupts Harvey, changing him from the "White Knight" to "Two face".

3.5. Gordon

3.5.1. The more the Joker kills and corrupts gotham the more desperate gordon becomes, getting to a point where he doesn't trust batman and points a gun at him.