Textual Analysis

Final Batman Essay


Overall, I believe that this essay was a lot better that my first final essay. I got 16/28 on this one. In my Pan’s Labyrinth I got 15/28. Although it doesn’t seem that much better at first. You have to consider that they are more elements involved in this essay compared to the last. This essay did have some issues like not using enough macro elements in my essay as well as not mentioning the big picture or the narrative. All of which are fairly easy to solve. Next time I will put for focus to the narrative as well as have a separate paragraph focused on the macro features and the effect to the overall message.

Textual Analysis in The Dark Knight


In the scene we can see that most of the guests in the shot are wearing very similar outfits. The Joker truly standout in this scene with his purple jacket and green waist coat because of how contrasting the outfits our. This shows the audience how important the Joker feels about himself. He feels the need to standout. Another reason for his contrasting look is because it represents what that Joker wants disorder.

Another thing to focus is how the camera is used with the Joker. When Joker is giving his monologue the camera shakes a bit  and goes around with him moment. This makes the audience feel as if they are in the scene with him. The rushed movement also shows us how the Jokers thought are running through his mind. A clear moment is when he attacks Rachel and the camera spins around his head.

One more thing to note is the props, in particular the Jokers knife (more like a shiv). Although it does look threatening he doesn’t use it. It seems more like an add on to his hand more than anything. Yes, he does use it to threaten Rachel as its right in her face it’s his own hands that hurt her when he’s harshly grabbing on to her face. The shiv is symbolism for the jokers craziness and his sketchy life.

Pan’s Labyrinth Final Essay Feedback

Overall in this essay, I got 15/28 which isn’t amazing however is a good starting point. I used T.E.A. very well throughout most of the essay and talked about the mise-en-scene in this scene to show my idea’s. Although I did make good starting points about the context and the whole film I didn’t develop these idea’s and what the significance of that was. Developing my idea’s is definitely something I need as well as not just focusing on sole ideas/scenes but the bigger picture.