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Shaping the Hero: The Achillean Figure Within Batman

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dc.contributor.advisor Baertschi, Annette M.
dc.contributor.advisor Roberts, Deborah H. Lopez, Rogelio 2014-07-16T16:14:03Z 2014-07-16T16:14:03Z 2014
dc.description.abstract My thesis studies how the figure of Achilles in Homer's Iliad informs and shapes the character of Batman in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy. I closely examine the significant effects that Achilles and Batman's interpersonal relationships have on their emotional complexities. In doing so, I argue that these relationships to other ordinary characters shape their heroic journeys. In particular, I closely analyze the role that anger and rage play and the ways in which Batman's character deviates from and follows the model set before by Achilles. In doing this, I hope to illustrate how much of an both heroes increase our understanding of heroism and how antiquity remains culturally relevant.
dc.description.sponsorship Haverford College. Department of Classics
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject.lcsh Achilles (Greek mythology) -- In motion pictures
dc.subject.lcsh Dark knight (Motion picture)
dc.subject.lcsh Batman (Fictitious character) -- In motion pictures
dc.title Shaping the Hero: The Achillean Figure Within Batman
dc.type Thesis
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