Compairing The Two Books, "Dispatches" By Herr And "Batman: The Dark Knight Returns By" Miller. Focuses On An Indepth Look At The Main Characters And How They Are Seen In The Eye's Of The Reader.

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What is the importance of a human life? Can one place a value equal to that of a living human? Is the death of one human worth saving a thousand animals? These are questions that remain controversial to this day. Should human beings abuse the autonomy allowed to them through such things as technology, or should all beings be treated equal? Although everyone has there own way of classifying individual beings through observations such as race, age and intelligence, shouldn't the fact that a life is a life have any relevance? Regardless of how you might value the human race it is possible that any other species could have become the Alfa-species thousands of years ago. Throughout the books Dispatches and Batman: The Dark Night Returns, the characters are constantly placed in classifications of varying value, putting one being above the other. We will look at how and why these characters are placed where they are and if this is a valid observation.War is a time of political disagreement. Do soldiers feel no real hostility towards opposing soldiers, besides the initial fear of my life before yours? Or is the life of an American more important than that of a North Vietnamese. Certainly it seemed that US forces viewed the death of even certain Americans more important. All through the War, Vietnamese were referred to as gooks, and other derogatory terms classing them through race. "I don't give a fuck, that's a fucking gook!"(Herr, 161) The view of the opposing enemy was commonly seen as worthless; many American soldiers mutilated the dead Viet Cong taking souvenirs such as ears for a necklace. One would never consider doing that to one of there own, so why is it accepted when done to another human? Total disregard and disrespect was shown by many Marines to the corpses of the fallen NVA. Soldiers positioned dead NVA women in distasteful position naked with there legs apart to snap a picture. Is race enough to base value on ones life? People do not have control over wherethey are born in the world, so regardless of race; all life is sacred and should be valued equally.Today many prejudice individuals view others through physical factors like skin color placing them in a certain racial category. Other physical traits often contribute to a racist's façade of what is respectable and what is not. Throughout Gotham City, citizens place social importance on a rational human's life over other all other such as mutants. Gothamites show fear and contempt for heroes like Batman because he doesn't fit the traditional norm. "Rumors fly--army helicopters hover over the empty street of Crime Alley-- is this a military effort to capture Batman--?"(Miller, 187) It really doesn't matter to the general public that Batman is single handedly wiping out crime in one of the most crime infested cities. Instead all that matters is that he is not the traditional white urban Gothamite, (even though he really is) they see a freak dressed up as a bat and feel threatened....

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