The Death Of A Costumed Adventurer

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The death of a costumed adventurer often leads audiences to contemplate the significance of it. It is a prevalent issue in which these characters appear to sacrifice their lives for the possibility of a greater good. In Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen, masked hero are subjected towards death due to their actions and the actions of others. Whether it is the actions of a friend, stranger, or foe, the untimely deaths of Rorschach, Nite Owl I, and The Comedian proves a costumed adventurer’s death leads to the loss of humanity. Walter Joseph Kovacs, or more commonly known as Rorschach, is a costumed vigilante whose death plays a significant role in Watchmen. Rorschach is depicted as a disturbed man who believes there is always a right and wrong, even if it means breaking the law to bring a higher justice in the world. His belief deems prevalent by defying the Keene Act of 1977, which outlawed any type of vigilantism by costumed adventurers, except for those who worked exclusively under the United States government like Dr. Manhattan and The Comedian. By breaking down the components of Rorschach’s mask, there will be a deeper understanding of what the mysterious Rorschach represents in Watchmen. Rorschach’s viewpoint of the world is often interpreted through his mask, which is “black and white… [and is constantly] changing shape…but not mixing…[with] no gray [areas]” (Gibbons, Moore 188). It was made of two layers of latex with viscous black and white fluid imprisoned

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