Watching the Watchmen Essay

937 WordsApr 23, 20144 Pages
Watching the Watchmen While reading Watchmen with the purpose of textual analysis, there are many different things to consider. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons took many original approaches to the typical super hero story when formulating this novel. Watchmen is a story about a group of outlawed super heroes in New York City. The story lines and backgrounds of particular characters are shown during the comic, and we see how different these characters are from the stories of typical super heroes. When trying to closely analyze this text, we could consider context, rhetorical strategies, and the comparison to the Catholic Intellectual Teaching. When looking at the context of this piece, it is interesting to think about why Moore and…show more content…
Other ways that irony is used within the comic is more general, like the smiley face with a stain of blood on it. This image is originally introduced on the first page of the whole novel but is also a reoccurring image. (1.1). Something that is usually seen as so happy is now tainted with something considered so dark. Gibbons frequent use of this image may show the corruptness of the superheroes and the city, or even world, as a whole. Another example of the general irony used within Watchmen is fighting violence with more violence. A prime character to portray this is Rorschach. His childhood could be to blame for his crooked ways, but he is always violent in his approaches, even if they are for a good cause. When Rorschach was trying to save a kidnapped girl, he used violence to try to solve the problem. “Visited underworld bars and began hurting people. Put fourteen in hospital needlessly.” (6.18-25). This is ironic because they are supposed to be superheroes, and saving people. Superheroes are supposed to take the good way out, but the lines between hero and villain are pretty blurred in this novel. Irony is a key feature in Watchmen because it lets us see how the author and illustrator wanted us to view the characters. It portrays how messed up and broken the Watchmen actually are. There are many ways that you could compare the Catholic Intellectual Teaching to Watchmen.
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