“Trauma when left untreated has the ability to make a villain out of you”.Fierce Fairytales
The life of Arthur Fleck aka The Joker, best describes this quote above. Raised by a mother who suffered from psychological psychosis, as a child was malnourished, tied up, beaten up severally with blows sustained to the head. Later went on to suffer from Pseudobullbar disorder for which society ridiculed and rejected him, was unable to get proper treatment and meds. He found love then lost it, was mislead by his own mother concerning his medical condition, always saying “he is a happy child” and lied to him about his heritage.
“Trauma left untreated”
We say “none of us is truly born evil. Evil is man-made or is of the devil”. So who made Joker?
If you watched carefully, the life of Arthur Fleck aka Joker, led to another chain of events and helps to shed further light on the life of the one and only Bruce Wayne (BATMAN).
Bruce never started out as a hero. Yeah! I said that! His cap was born out of the traumatic event of JOKER’s new found identity, which led to the demise of Bruce’s identity as he seeks vengeance. Even as he fights the “bad guys”, you see it’s done with so much anger, bitterness and resentment he suffered as a child. Witnessing the murder of his parents and left to deal with the aftermath. TRAUMA!
Not even all the money in the world could save Bruce from the trauma he suffered that night. I know what you thinking, “hey but the took all that and turned into something good, becoming the BATMAN”.
Wrong! You so wrong! Look again!
Every time he put on that cape, went out into the night and saved someone, he was reliving the night of his parents murder. EVERY SINGLE TIME!
You can see the pain, anguish, the “trauma” he suffered in the way he dealt with his victims, brutal and quite severe. Every “bad guy” was the guy who killed his parents. Batman was greatly feared in Gotham, not for his heroism but for his brutality in dealing with these so called bad guys. He showed no mercy. In the movie “Dawn of Justice”, you get to see a more vivid imagery of Batman’s brutality, going as far as to brand his victims for which causes Superman’s distaste for his kind of justice and threatens to shut him down.
Then you also understand Bruce’s love for Clark later when he sacrifices his life to save the planet from DOOMSDAY. Don’t be sentimental. It ain’t all pretty.
This the very trauma Bruce had to deal with for more than half his life. Again you seeing the life of Joker and Batman, you get to understand the hatred between these two. Both men were a symbol of their respective traumas, left untreated. So who made Batman?
Batman’s appraoch to dealing with these so called “criminals” who mind you have also suffered from one trauma or another led to chain of events of deep seated hatred creating a circle of violence.
Batman was in another a villain also. While he saved you from danger, he was finding a way to cope with the “trauma” he suffered as a child. Every time he saved you, he was doing what he wished could have been done for his parents that black night.
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