Bruce Wayne: the battle against crime and against one’s sense of powerlessness – LIBET in narratives
The Gotham series narrates Bruce Wayne’s life in detail: after the murder of his parents and the consequent inability to obtain justice, Bruce begins his battle against the sense of helplessness and weakness, embarking on a path that will lead him to the choice to dedicate his life fighting crime.
LIBET in narratives – (Nr. 15) Bruce Wayne
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Advertising message Bruce is the only son of Martha and Thomas Wayne, a wealthy family from Gotham and the only heir to the great heritage of the family.
One evening, once out of the theater, Bruce and his parents were robbed by a masked man. Although both Thomas and Martha had given the robber what he wanted, the thug, before fleeing, killed both parents in front of Bruce, leaving the latter unscathed. When the police arrived on the scene, Bruce was comforted by detective Jim Gordon, who promised to find the killer. Bruce was later accompanied home by his family’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, who later became his guardian. Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock were able to kill the man who would have killed the Wayne, a man who however did not prove to be the real killer.
With the murder of his parents and the inability to have justice, Bruce probably began to feel a sense of helplessness and weakness: his parents had died in his presence and he had been unable to do anything. He then began to fortify his body, trying to contrast the sense of helplessness felt: holding one hand over a candle, imposing himself not to sleep. At that time, nightmares were a constant. He also began a frantic search for anything that could help him find the identity of his parents’ killer. Mistrust also crept into the boy about Gotham’s entire inner workings.
In the following seasons Bruce spends his days between attempted murders, kidnappings and forced retreats (forced by Alfred) into the house in the Swiss mountains and tries in different ways, throughout the series, to stay away from his painful theme of threat, so as not to feel helpless and at the mercy of events. For example, in the second season, he tests himself by abandoning his villa to live on the street with Selina (friend and future Cat Woman) in the infamous alleys of Gotham.
Advertising message Certainly Bruce’s life in those years certainly cannot be defined as peaceful. He was kidnapped by Theo Galavan, a descendant of the Dumas family, who returned to Gotham to take revenge on those who had offended his family, in particular Bruce Wayne, and to claim control of the city; the life of Wayne’s heir is also threatened by Jerome, murderer and mad criminal, who kidnaps him.
Bruce is also kidnapped by the Owl Court, an isolation in which he is forced to face parental death through brainwashing. He is forced to face the death of his parents and to let them go, also abandoning emotions and feelings. Thus he comes one step away from detonating a bomb that would have destroyed Gotham. He also kills Alfred (only to be able to resurrect him after recovering from brainwashing). To combat guilt, he begins to work on the streets of the city to fight crime.
Something changes when Bruce kills a man, Ra’s Al Ghul, the one who had actually plotted the death of Bruce’s parents. Suddenly, despite all his efforts, anger takes over and becomes what he has always fought. Go back to being at the mercy of events. From this moment on, Bruce’s mainly prescriptive plan changes to an immunizer, taking shape in disco nights, reckless expenses and alcohol. Alfred also dismisses, firing him.
At the height of the disarray, Bruce is poisoned, and, agonizingly, has several hallucinations in which he sees the people he met during his life and a masked figure who takes him in the past to the death of his parents and will confess to him that he was born at that moment .
Thus began another phase, in which the plan takes on the form of fighting the bad guys.
The fourth season ends with the destruction of Gotham, where now there were only criminals and Bruce, who puts the fight against crime before following his affections. He chooses to freeze his emotions, putting what he believes to be his duties before the people closest to him.
Image 1: LIBET of the character of Bruce Wayne in the TV series Gotham