Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Jokers

The only sensible way to live in this world is without rules.. 
 Joker in The Dark Knight 

One of my history teachers Mr Krishna Sampath used to refer to the politicians and the crony capitalists as "Jokers." I don't know where he caught  that phrase. Neither do i know why the creator of Batman series depicts Gotham city's worst criminal as a Joker.
I noticed  a few differences between joker and batman.(many of you might've as well).
1.Joker needs no complex  weapons or computers. A bit of chaos, few drums of oil , bullets, bombs and phone calls and some masks is all he needs.
2.Joker needs no trustworthy men to get his job done. He has no obligations.
3.The Joker never looses his temper.(Even when he is in jail)
4.The Joker has no rules and no plans.
5.The Joker never quits. He needs no motivation to do what he does. He has no purpose.
6.The Joker never gets cheated.
7.The Joker can control the mood of the mob but batman can never do that.
8.The joker always wears a smile.
Don't we see a startling similarity between Mr.Krishna's Jokers and the Joker in Batman. The character aptly
describes the nature of evil. It is a masterpiece that makes one realize how the wolves rule the herd.
I'd like to quote the Joker's dialogue to Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight .
The Joker: [speaking to Two-Face]
Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just, do things. The mob has plans, the cops have plans, Gordon’s got plans. You know, they’re schemers. Schemers trying to control their worlds. I’m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how, pathetic, their attempts to control things really are. So, when I say, ah, come here, when I say that you and your girlfriend was nothing personal, you know that I’m telling the truth.
It’s the schemers that put you where you are. You were a schemer, you had plans, and uh, look where that got you. I just did what I do best. I took your plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did, to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hm? You know what, you know what I noticed? Nobody panics when things go according to plan. Even if the plan is horrifying. If tomorrow I tell the press that like a gang banger, will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all, part of the plan. But when I say that one, little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! 
Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh and you know the thing about chaos, it’s fair.

So,that's how the hero of Gotham city was turned  into a beast. The nature of evil,cheating, corruption is so similar. They legitimize all their deeds and show that it's all fair . They prove that the bad are not so bad and not worth hating. Worse still they make you hate the good guys . Evil makes the mind to generate enough reasons to be bad rather than accept one good reason to be good.
Even when evil is caught we are afraid to brutally punish it. We are ready to think about forgiving murderers and terrorists.Joker summarises this tendency in just one line
" You won't kill me outta some misplaced sense of self righteousness"
Worse still the "good" world fears to tell the truth at crucial junctures. The good world spends too much time defending. It sometimes wears a mask just like batman (with more fervour than thieves) for the "greater good of others."
In the end it takes  demonization of Batman himself and idolization of a murderer Harvey to save the image of the "good" world.

Bruce Wayne/Batman: [To Gordon] You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes...the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
 We don't know where this battle between good and bad ends. For heaven's sake we know that Evil is in control.
Putting all the commonsense aside we should accept that it was Joker who won a Oscar and Batman didn't even manage a nomination. :)

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