Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Bane: Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man; by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!

[grabs Batman from the shadows and continues to beat him]

Bane’s words in The Dark Knight Rises have some philosophical metaphors also portrayed in the allegory of the cave by Plato. This allegory describes the idea of imagination when the prisoners in the cave imagined the reality of the objects held behind them while facing the shadows of these objects; and also the idea of beliefs when one of the prisoners is released to face the objects (which is the vision of the real truth which Plato describes as “aching” in the prisoner’s eyes). Out of this belief, the prisoner turns to face the same shadows which they have always interpreted as reality since birth. When the prisoner goes out of the cave to the sunlight, he experiences the real truth which sets him free. Bane, on the other hand, had seen the light but it was blinding to him, so that he chose to be on the side of the shadows. This demonstrates negative attitudes towards enlightenment. Upon the prisoner’s return to the cave, he could effectively lead the others to the light. This comparison turns me on because it represents the attitude towards today’s religious, political and social truths that are sometimes considered to be merely conspiracies. Subsequently, it has resulted in the emergence of many controversial issues, the benefits of a few, protests and major conflicts throughout history. However, good leadership can restore stability.

—Gregory Machura