Gotham City: DC's Utopia for the Wicked
Dainty Aalaiah
Crime exists in all spheres of life, be it political, social, or economical in nature. Literature reflects life, enabling crime to exist even in fictional worlds. The creators of Gotham, Bill Finger and Bob Kane wanted any person in any part of the world to be able to relate to the city and so based Gotham loosely off of New York City but purposefully left it unattached to any other real-life cities. Gotham is a cosmos of evil, a breeding ground for crime, and a haven for the unscrupulous. For years the city has remained unfettered in its quest for corruption and continues to flourish in the hands of criminal masterminds like the Joker, Riddler, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and the like. Gotham’s police force is the primary body of unprincipled government officers who fail to uphold the law and indulge in deception themselves. In a city like Gotham, the only ray of hope is the city’s vigilante, Batman, also known as Bruce Wayne, billionaire CEO of Wayne Enterprises. This paper studies the city of Gotham through a sociological lens as a microcosm that breeds criminal activity, fosters criminal minds, and paves way for the existence of Batman’s dual identity as a vigilante and a private investigator.
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Unique Paper ID: 155049

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 8, Issue 12

Page(s): 1194 - 1197
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