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Friday, November 27, 2015

The Philosophy of Batman Part:2


Pictured above; Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung

Batman’s psychological and philosophical complexity is one of the factors that make him one of the most popular characters of all time. Although Sigmund Freud is generally thought of as a psychologist, his theories and concepts have roots in philosophy. His concept of the Id, Ego, and Superego are seen in Batman’s internal struggle to fight for justice without crossing the line and becoming evil himself; all the while balancing a social life as the billionaire philanthropist that society expects.
 One way to look at it is that Batman’s Id could be seen as his carnal urges for vengeance rather than justice. This is his violently destructive and impulsive side of his personality that would rather just kill the Joker and get it over with. His super-ego can be seen as his sense of justice and his intense desire to do the right thing and protect Gotham City. Batman’s ego is the compromise between the two. By fighting crime as Batman, Bruce is able to satisfy the carnal urges of the Id while maintaining the ideals of his super-ego. Granted, he does not handle this struggle in the healthiest of ways, he does keep Gotham safe. The best example of this is that although he has no qualms with harming and maiming criminals; he refuses to kill even though more lives would be saved in the long run if he did. Another way too look at it is seen in the link below.
Batman's psychological and philosophical views are complex and deep. This brief Freudian approach is only the tip of the iceberg.


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