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experience, brings multiple layers of meaning to the text, which we may not be conscious of. Having read previous stories of superheroes, especially Batman, helped me understand The Dark Knight Returns more because I knew the Background of the protagonist. Having background knowledge of all the Robins also helped me understand who Batman was talking about when he talked about “Jason death”. Also my knowledge of Green Arrow’s story helped me identify Oliver Queen, who helped Batman defeat Superman, was Green Arrow. 11. Two kinds of violence found in literature are 1) specific injury that characters inflict upon themselves or other characters, and 2) when the author causes harm to characters to advance the plot or theme. An example of the first kind of violence is when Batman
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fights the Joker and the Joker stabs him, almost killing him. This demonstrates how although Batman is a superhero he is still human and can die as easily as anyone else. An example of the second kind of violence is when Alfred dies from a fatal stroke shortly after destroying the Batcave and the Wayne Manor. His death shows no significance to the story; it’s just a way for Frank Miller to advance the plot. 12. In the Dark Knight Returns, Batman himself is considered a symbol because he represents justice and he shows the people of Gotham that the power is in their hands and
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