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Going there

"Going there" Continued...

Issue: "Praying for rain," Aug. 11, 2012

As we see from Batman's generous deception regarding Harvey Dent, attempting to live in anything other than objective truth creates sickness of the soul and sickness of society. The good commissioner moves like a haunted man, knowing what a weak foundation the city's newfound peace is built on. Bruce Wayne cannot find life worth living in the confines his lie has created, leaving his butler Alfred to beg him to "stop trying to outsmart the truth and let it have its day."

There is other weighty symbolism in The Dark Knight Rises that there isn't the space to treat here. The lengths Selina goes to in her attempt to possess a device that will wipe out all records of her criminal life is particularly worthy of attention. (I hope it isn't a spoiler to say that none of her efforts secure her the clean slate she seeks, and she only obtains it when she accepts it as a gift.) Likewise, much could be said of how Bruce Wayne must become like a child to escape Bane's prison. But taken together they bring Nolan's trilogy to a satisfying conclusion-one with a hero who has at last turned his back on moral relativism and rises indeed.

See also "Out of darkness: In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman must move beyond politics and ideology to battle evil," by Emily Whitten, July 20.

Megan Basham
Megan Basham

Megan, a regular correspondent for WORLD News Group, is a writer and film critic living in Memphis, Tenn.. She is the author of Beside Every Successful Man: A Woman's Guide to Having It All.

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