philosophy questions 27

I want you to analyze the movie and answer the questions based on the movie and references provided. Just one paragraph for each section answering in details, and comment 2 entries of other students.

Section 1:

Please explain one thing that you liked or disliked about the movie as a movie — what is one thing that struck you about how it was shot, lighted, edited, decorated, etc?

Section 2:

Apply some of the points you made about the Nietzsche reading to The Dark Knight.

Section 3:

  • First, explain Nietzsche’s views on either a) master morality, or b) slave morality.
  • Second, explain one of the qualities of the “new man”/”new philosopher” that Nietzsche advocates creating.
  • Third, give your own argument either for or against the points you in the first two sections of this question.

2 entries:

Entry 1: Hannah Losardo

Slave morality is the morality of the slave class. Slaves believe that life is something bad and wrong. This is based on their view of their masters, who they deem evil because they are rich and enjoy their life and health. The slave class sees themselves as “good” even though they are sick and poor because from their perspective the powerful are evil, so “I” must be good. This point of view leads to the development of virtues like patience, humility which then are qualities that keep “I” alive. The of the qualities of a new man consist of being fashioned, bruised, forged, stretched, roasted, annealed, and refined. I really enjoyed his view on the morality of slaves. I have never thought about it that way, but of course, it makes sense that when someone treats you poorly you find yourself thinking you are better (or more “good”) because you are enduring these treatments.

Entry 2: Alexandra Donaldson

The most interesting point to me was the use of the city of Gotham and its various groups of citizens and how they go about choosing between good and evil, as well as how various laws and regulations work for and against this. Examples include both Batman and the Joker’s actions, but interesting to me was Harvey Dent, who later goes after the corrupt police officers. With the use of a coin to suggest that luck is the only fair system of justice, one police officer is killed (motive for corruption unclear), and one is saved (went rogue due to mother’s hospital bills) all due to a coin toss.

This character shift, from the city’s white knight and to someone taking justice into his own hands, Dent seems to be stuck as an Existentialist that is not yet beyond good and evil. But, this doesn’t stop the Joker from trying to turn him into a Nihilist, by killing his fiancé and burning half his face, telling him it was society’s fault. This is interesting as Batman is clearly meant to be the Ubermensch, going beyond good and evil by sacrificing everything to save the city and taking the blame for all of Dent’s poor actions.