Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Themes

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Discovery and Rediscovery

There are many characters in the story that experience discovery and rediscovery of their true selves. To begin, Bruce Wayne is someone who is conflicted and has been conflicted for most of his life. While in retirement from Batman, he fights back his true nature, which is to fight the rampant crime that tears Gotham apart. The conflict is so strong with him that it is only subconsciously that he begins the journey back into his old lifestyle. When he shaves his moustache off, is a perfect example of this. It is when he reemerges onto the scene as Batman that he remembers exactly how it felt: like second nature. The same could be said about Harvey Dent. Although he lives a reformed existence at the Arkham Asylum for many years, he is not living by his true nature. It is only when he is released...

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