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Life lessons from the character of Bruce Wayne

Batman has been one of the most popular characters in the DC Universe and so are the people who voiced, played and created the character as well. The character has some really die-hard fans who try to take up the characters voice, merchandise and personality. The character has been played by many notable individuals including Adam West, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, and many other talented individuals as well.

Here we would deep dive inside things that makes Batman, Batman and how his life and personality traits can help us make our life better

  • Maybe less about how Batman makes our life better, more about how different actors such as West, Kilmer, Clooney, Keaton, Bale, and Affleck have presented him. – Joseph Cernik 5 years ago
  • I think looking at all of the general ways a character like Batman can serve as a role model would be a bit overwhelming because he is designed, like most superheroes, to serve as a role model in a wide-range of ways for targeted young readers and viewers, but I think it would be incredibly interesting to look into a few specific traits. Batman in particular has consistently been presented as a symbol of self-discipline as he improves himself physically and mentally after experiencing the trauma of loss. This isn't an overly original set of traits, but Batman's embodiment of them is unique in that his dedication to bettering himself and Gotham city is frequently questioned since it clearly takes a toll on his well-being when he allows it to consume himself. A closer analysis of one or two of these traits is something I would be very excited to read! – Aaron 5 years ago
  • Another very important personality trait is his overwhelming dedication to do the right thing in the face of powerful social opposition, a quality that ensured that Superman gave Batman a piece of Kryptonite to use against him if he ever went rogue. – Dr. Vishnu Unnithan 4 years ago

Why is looking at characterisation so undermined in comparison to structure and form in English Literature? And what effects does this have?

I’m an English Literature student at university and throughout my time studying literature at school/ college, and even university, I’ve noticed a trend amongst teachers and markers, which is a reaction of almost scorn at analysis of character in fiction. To me this has always seemed the oddest phenomenon as character has always been the most interesting, and also sometimes most important and valid feature of a novel. Take ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ for example. During and after my reading of the text, there was so much meaning hidden in Atwood’s characters that I felt was integral to the message of her novel. Thinking about what I might write about for my dissertation, I felt ready and inspired to delve into this topic until I remembered the impression teachers have had of characterisation in the past. An example of this, for those of you who are unfamiliar with this sentiment, my a-level eng lit teacher told me to focus more on structure as it was considered higher level than character. This has always enraged me a little as I think avoidance of analysing character in a novel is avoidance of a whole chunk of the message of a book. As for the effects this has, I think this leads to a connection between fiction and the real world being lost. Often times I have questioned the purpose of analysing books if we are not taking deeper meaning from them in regards to the worlds that they were written in. I think undermining the importance of character in a book is evidence that the real purpose of a book (if it is concerned with a wider message, which they almost always are) is being lost.

  • I think this is a really unique way to look at the topic. Very detailed! :) – Zohal99 6 years ago
  • This focus on structure over character stems from some English instructors trying to validate the importance of English. I would have to check, but in the early twentieth century, there was a push back against teaching English at the university level. Mainly due to most people believing it to be irrelevant as most schools of thought such as sciences, mathematics, history etc. already incorporated reading. This lead to people seeing the ability to read as the bare minimum for being at a university. Leading to literary intellectuals trying to come up with ways to make literature more like the sciences. This lead to instructors pulling away from anything that can be associated with feelings and speculative thought. Essentially they want to focus on absolutes. Which is why there is a heavy interest on the form. (It is also why sometimes you do not even need to read the text to pass an English test because what your teacher is going to discuss is easily predictable because they are going. Protip for my fellow English majors out there.") – Blackcat130 6 years ago
  • All these personal references stop me from getting interested in the topic. They actually keep me away from finding an objective approach and merit. – T. Palomino 2 years ago

Character Design in Anime

What are some of the ways that Eastern characters are created differently from Western characters? What are typical strengths of anime characters, and what are typical of Western animations? Weaknesses? Consider other design elements, such as coloration, body style, and so on.

  • Anime characters usually expression their emotions more passionately, both in terms of facial expressions and actions. – RadosianStar 8 years ago
  • I'm actually doing a presentation on this for class. A good way to show the difference is by focusing on one piece of the character in. Both styles and comparing and contrasting. By this I mean you can talk about head shapes and explain hey arnold and family guys football shaped heads even phineas and ferb. Then you can talk about eye shapes. This topic has infinitely possibilities in comparisons because America alone has so many differences in animation. – tinydetective 8 years ago
  • It could also be helpful to examine western characters whose designs were influenced by eastern characters, and vice versa. Explore how these influences affect the presentation of these characters and make them stand out from animations which are either characteristically eastern or characteristically western. – Abby 8 years ago