Narrative

Explicit & Implicit Meanings

The explicit meaning of a story is the face value of the tale. It is what is being placed directly infornt of us. The implicit meaning is the hidden or more subtle context behind the story.batman-cover

A good example that I have looked into is from the batman film “The Dark Knight” which was realeased in 2008 and directed  by Christopher Nolan. In this film we see the protagonist Batman encounter a new villian known as the Joker and must stop him in his tracks to causing harm through out the city of Gotham.

Explicit Meaning

At face value this movie is about a hero who must save the city from a crazy villain dressed as a clown but diving deeper into the film we begin to see the subtle messages that this movie is trying to tell.

batman-the-joker

Through out the film we see the juxtaposition of values and beliefs between the Batman and the Joker. The Batman is a figure who stands for justice and order. He sees criminals as people who have lost their sense of humanity and are unfit for civilisation, there fore they must be stopped in their tracks. Then we have the Joker who has no rules and lives in a world of choas.

 

 

Implicit Meaning

computers

Interestingly this film challenges this ideal sense of order in a conversation between the Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Lucius Fox. They have set up a system that hacks into many of the city’s devices and through them activates echo location. Lucius expresses that what they are doing is wrong and that he wants nothing to do with it but Bruce insists that this is the only way they can find the Joker. This scene questions the construct of what true order is and the sacrifices that we would have to make to our rights in order to achieve it. This leaves the audience to question, is what Batman doing to create order right?

*look into the joker*

joker choas.jpg

 

fun house – dude soup

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s