Rorschach: The True Victim College

In the graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the theme of morality comes into question through the actions of the various vigilante heroes. This is most clearly seen through the character Rorschach. From the very beginning of the story, it is clear that Rorschach has a very hostile way of solving issues. From his intrusive and physical interrogation techniques to committing murder as a form of retribution, Rorschach seems wicked rather than ethical. Although this rash style of crime fighting never fades during the events of the graphic novel, Rorschach’s intentions tell a different story about his character. Analyzing his motives reveal that he acts in the name of justice and does whatever necessary to ensure fairness, even if that requires hurting others. Therefore, he is often labeled an aggressor. When attempting to solve the murder of a fellow vigilante and reveal Veidt’s wrongdoings, however, Rorschach faces adversity and eventually death. Despite his immoral actions as a crime fighter, the consequences Rorschach faces due to his commitment to justice against Veidt make him the main victim of Watchmen.

Throughout the story of Watchmen, the shocking acts committed by Rorschach are revealed making it hard...

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