The Psychology of The Scarecrow: Looking at What Makes Scarecrow The Scarecrow
Tanya Sasser, English
1:30-1:40pm | Houston Cole Library, 11th Floor
Since September of 1941, the D.C. universe and Gotham City have been haunted by the presence of Jonathon Crane A.K.A The Scarecrow. He toys with his victims and controls them using the one thing he loves: fear. He is determined to force everyone to face their greatest fear because he had to face his. There must be something deeper contributing to his evil ways. Over the years many people have questioned why Crane does what he does, but no one can seem to agree on one or even multiple things contributing to his motives. The research in this paper attempts to construct a psychological profile of Crane and a list of possible mental illnesses he may suffer from. This analysis will be backed up by the symptoms he exhibits across the various iterations of the character, from the comics, movies, and the Arkham video games. This paper will discuss Crane's mental health issues and his symptoms and looks at how Gotham might be different if Crane had never been abused as a child. It will also discuss how Crane could work directly with Batman if it weren’t for his tragic past. The findings, though limited to one fictional character, could help more people understand why offenders in the real world commit their crimes. It can also serve as a learning tool for people wanting to know more about certain mental illnesses and the effects they could have on an individual.
student research, English
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English Language and Literature
Capes, Chase, "The Psychology of The Scarecrow: Looking at What Makes Scarecrow The Scarecrow" (2023). JSU Student Symposium 2023. 50.