Batman's Contradictory Impulse During The Costume Scene

1939 words - 8 pages

Dear Professor Watters and Family Matters Expository Class,

In my paper, the ambiguity I am trying to uncover is Batman's contradictory impulse during the
costume scene when he says, "Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot," and in the next scene, he says, "It's an omen!" The question I am trying to answer about this ambiguity is how are we, as readers, interpret this contradictory impulse. After analyzing specific quotes and scenes in the story, I have come to the conclusion that the contradictory impulse can be interpreted as a foreshadowing of Batman's criminal-like behaviors throughout the story. By answering this question, we see that Batman is indeed a hero, but not a normal one. This allows us to understand Batman more and to see what Kane and Finger have to say about justice in the world.

I believe that my summary paragraph successfully sets up the story with no additional analysis.
My focus paragraph also narrows in on the problem and question at hand and clearly points to
the motive and thesis.

However, the Expos element that is lacking in my paper is the effective use of evidence to prove
my point. I am not a natural writer, so it is hard for me to directly convey what I want in concise and clear phrases. I had trouble with awkward phrasing and sentence structures.

Thank you for your time.

Vickie Lee


Vickie Lee
Expository Writing: Family Matters
Aliza Hapgood Watters
Essay 1 Revision (Final Draft)


1. In Bob Kane and Bill Finger's story "Batman," an omniscient, third-person narrator

Describes one of Batman's adventures "against the dirigible of doom" (66) after first explaining how Batman came to be. Young Bruce Wayne witnessed his parents getting shot by a burglar fifteen years ago. After a couple of days of reflection, he swears, "by the spirits of my parents to avenge their deaths by spending the rest of my life warring on all criminals (67). Once he spends years preparing himself to become a master scientist (67) and training "his body to physical perfection" (67), he deems himself ready for the career and ponders what disguise he should use.

A bat flies into the study. He reacts: "A bat! That's it! It's an omen. I shall become a bat" (67).

He is faced with his first challenge when the Scarlet Horde, the army of Dr. Carl Kruger,

threatens to take over the city of Manhattan by shooting red beams from a ship (68). Batman attempts to kill Kruger, but he is stopped by "a sheet of thick glass between [them]" (71).

Batman is captured and nearly blown up. A steel blade that he has in his boot allows him to escape. In his next attack, he tricks one of Kruger's lieutenants into leading him to "the secret hangar of the dirigible (72), using "thick, black smoke" (72) to cover his plane from sight. Despite getting closer to destroying the dirigible, Batman fails, but escapes death by switching clothes wit...

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