Terror in the Knight

Nanna Zmylon, Juliane Britze, Alexander Fehrn-Christensen & Isabella Odorico Schultz

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper will answer the question: How are the terrorist attack of September 11th 2001 portrayed in Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie The Dark Knight, and why does the movie make use of this specific terrorist attack? Firstly the paper will explain the specific incidents in the movie, wherein resemblances to 9/11 can be found. Furthermore the paper will offer an account of the main-characters and how these fit in with this notion. Moreover, this paper will make use of Cathy Caruth’s Trauma Theory to explain how The Dark Knight can serve as a way of working through the trauma of 9/11. Lastly this paper will conclude that the event of 9/11 is chosen because it is ‘The Mother’ of all events and that the terrorist attack is portrayed in the movie with use of e.g. scenes that draw allusions to the video-footage which was broadcasted worldwide after 9/11.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2013
VejledereZoran Lee Pecic


  • The Joker
  • Baudrillard
  • Batman
  • 9/11
  • Trauma
  • Terror