The daily life in the 80s of the middle-aged man gradually appeared later. He lives with his elderly mother (Frances Conroy) who is obsessed with checking mailboxes in a cramped, dark apartment. Day by day, Arthur had to cope with a neurological disorder that made him laugh uncontrollably and had to take medicine from a social worker.
Around him was a filthy life literally when flooded with garbage and rats. Conflict between the working class and the upper class in Gotham is also at an alarming level, through news reports on TV.