Originally Posted by CConn
You're both not quite right.
Personally, Bruce didn't try to live, but publicly Bruce Wayne was still active for several years after Batman's disappearance.
I think the problem his we're talking about a character that has many different faces.
And that is something that goes back to Begins and the little orphan child. I was fascinated reading Nolan thought about young Bruce as the young Kennedy in his father funeral , showing himself very serious. Almost like having a mask.
I dont think he lives his life with a chip , changing its personalities back and forth. That's why i said he tries to live a life. But he can't. His duality is a big conflict , and the way he handles failure.