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Seth CloudEngl 1010Mr. MontanaSeptember 15, 2018The Caped CrusaderIn Frank Miller’s graphic novel, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, a fifty-five-year-oldBruce Wayne endeavors on a journey of finding his true self. Bruce Wayne has been in retirement of being Batman for roughly ten years. Gotham City’s crime rate does not decline in Batman’s absence, instead they flourish. Bruce Wayne decides to reincarnate Batman and bring the caped crusader back into Gotham City. As Batman makes his presence felt in Gotham City, the new commissioner issues a warrant for Batman's arrest, eventually Bruce makes thedecision to fake his death and live out the rest of his life undercover as Batman. Throughout the graphic novel, various characters go through changes in their lives involving discovering who they are or rediscovering themselves and living lives with double identities. Bruce Wayne lives a luxurious life, but he is a not content with the lack of adrenaline, because of his slow-paced lifestyle, the voice of Batman lingers in his mind and drags him back to crime fighting. He and Carrie Kelley lived ordinary lives until adventure sought after them. Together, they embarked on a life of vigilantism, often finding themselves on the opposite side of the law. The life of Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelley are shaped by discovering themselves and living two lives asvigilantes and citizens taking them upon the path of the hero's journey, a journey including a call to adventure, the use of sidekicks and resolution.Bruce Wayne was seduced back into heroism or, as Gotham City views it, vigilantism. Bruce’s conscience has been through troubles since the death of his parents as a boy. As Bruce
grew older he developed an alter ego to handle crime aside from a badge; this gave birth to Batman. Since retirement, the absence of Batman has taken a toll in Gotham City and Bruce. Thepresence of Batman lives in Bruce and influences his physical acts. The call to return to adventure came from within Bruce. His conscience was not able to find comfort as Gotham City’s crime grew with the absence of Batman. Bruce Wayne’s call to adventure was reborn when the caped crusader in him decided to reemerge. Batman’s influence on Bruce is addressed early in the novel on page 11 panel 7 and 8 when Alfred confronts Bruce saying, “‘Master Bruce,whatever happened to your mustache?’” (Miller). When Alfred points out Bruce’s physical change, Bruce is stunned that he had not realized his mustache was shaven. The alter ego that hasdeveloped from Bruce has grown into a second identity branching from Bruce’s retirement. As Batman continues to lurk within Bruce’s conscience, Bruce does not hesitate to live his previous life of crime fighting. Ultimately, Gotham City’s crime and Batman’s voice is what led Bruce