How to Write a Tragic Villain like Harvey Dent in THE DARK KNIGHT

Well folks, I finished it.

This monster of a post that split off into two parts with a spin-off post still incubating (it’s going to take some time for me to recover before THAT one will ever be complete).

On my blog, I split a deconstruction of The Dark Knight into two parts: the encompassing, heroic plot, and the tragic plot it was built around.

Grab some popcorn and get ready to geek out.

hero-vs-tragic

To read through the scenes of the movie chronologically, start with Batman. Then follow the links to teleport between the two posts. I’ve got to warn you, though, it’s a total of 5769 words. Plus there’s a spaghetti-like tangle of links to hop you back and forth. This is no two-minute read.

heroic

To read a deconstruction of the main storyline (with a quick diversion or two into Harvey’s POV), read the Batman / Bruce Wayne half of the story (3714 words).

tragic

To see how the Nolan brothers wrote Harvey Dent as a tragic hero, read Harvey’s half of the story (2055 words).

And hey—stay subscribed. That incubating post I mentioned earlier? It’s about planning and plotting trilogies. I might have it completed in, say, 2021.

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