The killing joke : why Batman doesn't kill the Joker

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dc.contributor.advisor Aiken, Ashley L. Arter, Joshua D. 2015-07-14T17:30:06Z 2015-07-14T17:30:06Z 2015-05
dc.identifier.other A-365
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this paper was to take an academic look at the reasons why Batman does not kill his deadly arch-nemesis, the Joker, despite his many opportunities to do so. The project looked at the question from various perspectives, including canon (in-story), criminal justice, psychology, and philosophy. The research looked at all different versions of the Caped Crusader, from his first appearance in comic books to the 1960s TV show to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, with a focus on canon comic books. While this is a question that does not have one perfect answer, it does provide a great opportunity to examine one item from unique vantage points in order to both gain further knowledge ofthe subject at hand (Batman'S refusal to kill the Joker) and real-world applications of other topics (such as vigilantism, the philosophical Trolley Problem, etc.). Batman will not kill the Joker for a number of reasons, and this paper examined each of them fully. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Crime.
dc.title The killing joke : why Batman doesn't kill the Joker en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?) en_US

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