Analysis Of Alan Moore's ' Watchmen '

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The aim of State is to facilitate social agreement on moral and practical principles that should guide State rule, such that an entire society of individuals can coexist peacefully under a single flag. Were a state able to achieve such complete social agreement, it would represent a utopia: One in which each man holds the same values and ideologies of those of his neighbor, resulting in a truly peaceful, conflict free, and perfect society. In this paper, I posit that Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” critiques the possibility of such a utopia existing, arguing that while all states seek to achieve complete social agreement, inevitable irreconcilable conflicting ideologies amongst a state’s citizens make utopia an impossible goal, and eventually precipitate the downfall of State. While I concur with the “Watchmen”’s1 assessment, I argue that democracies specifically acknowledge the futility of achieving complete social agreement, but nonetheless allow for conflicting ideologies to compete within the model of state, without need for rebellion. Set in cold war era New York, the world crafted by Moore in “Watchmen”1 is very much dystopian in nature. America is on the brink of nuclear annihilation, with the president seriously considering possible nuclear strike scenarios and the millions of Americans who would die instantly in Russian second strikes. The temperament on the street is one of despair, with citizens holding signs with gloomy messages such as “The End Is Neigh.” And with the

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