Rorschach, By Alan Moore

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a superhero as, “a fictional character who has amazing powers (such as the ability to fly)” or “a very heroic person”; yet, many of the characters in Watchmen have no supernatural power and are immoral by most precedent societal standards. Alan Moore, in the graphic novel Watchmen (1986-1987), asserts Rorschach as an example of deontology. Moore supports his thoughts through dialogue and illustration. The author’s purpose is to juxtapose philosophical beliefs by comparing their varied flaws through differing narrators’ points of view. The author takes a condescending tone in an effort to enrage his target audience of adult males. This paper seeks to illustrate, qualify, and challenge Moore’s claim that Rorschach is a deontologist. Moore sets an example through the character Rorschach that all men should be protectors of their society. In Watchmen, he portrays Rorschach as a vigilante hoping to save people from the evils of wrong doers. With the threat of nuclear attack, the world is in turmoil. Rorschach investigates the murder of fellow Watchman, Comedian, and warns other superheroes while enlisting the help of Nite Owl in order to find out who is behind the latest attack. After Dr. Manhattan, a god like superhero, is forced to leave earth for Mars, Rorschach is set-up and placed in jail for murder. Nite Owl, now convinced Rorschach’s theory that someone is trying to harm the Watchmen is true, frees Rorschach from jail and they join
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