Todorovs Narrative structure of TDK

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Todorovs theory of equilibrium in The Dark Knight.

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Narrative. Todorovs theory of Equilibrium to Disequilibrium to Equilibrium.
Equilibrium (stability or balanced) at the start. Bruce Wayne is used to falling asleep in board meetings as he is up all night being the batman.
A disruption of the equilibrium by some action or person. The Joker doesn't have plans. It is hard to guess what he is going to do next as he doesn't even know.
A recognition that there has been a disruption. The Joker kills Rachel Dawes and disrupts Harvey Dents fundraiser. Bruce Wayne/Batman watches hostages on TV.
An attempt to repair the disruption. Batman speaking to the Joker in the police cell to try and find out his plans.
A reinstatement of the equilibrium. The Joker is arrested and Harvey Dent dies. But there isn't a complete reinstatement as at the end of the film Batman is then chased by the police.
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