Tag: Rorschach

The Unlikeliest of Heroes

Rorschach is, without a doubt, one of the most twisted antiheroes. He is violent, filled with rage, and at least somewhat unhinged. And yet, whether or not it was author Alan Moore’s intent, we sympathize with him. Even more, we root for him. Despite how dark and psychologically disturbed he is, Rorschach remains one of Watchmen’s protagonists, if not a fan favorite. But… Read more →

Old Roots and Modern Tastes

Every culture has its old romantic hero. To name a few, Japan has its samurai, Europe has the Viking, and America has its cowboy. Although they all have their unique and interesting traits, the American hero stands a little bit apart from the rest. What makes the cowboy different is that he doesn’t fight for a lord, government, or silver.… Read more →

The Inkblot Test

In our recent discussions on Watchmen, we’ve discussed at length in class on the development of the character Rorschach. Chapter six in particular has shows the most of Rorschach’s psychology and how he interprets his own behavior. Prior to Rorschach’s first interview with Dr. Malcolm, it is revealed that the vigilante Rorschach is the doomsday protester Walter Joseph Kovacs. As… Read more →

Symmetry in a Perfectly Chaotic World

In class on Friday, we discussed the importance of symmetry in Watchmen and how it shows up all throughout the comic. From the mask, to the panels themselves, to repetitive diner boxes that no one seems to know how to properly dispose of, the reader is caught in an endless loop of balance and seemingly perfect design. Despite how “perfect”… Read more →

WATCHMEN: The Psychology of Rorschach

The only things I  knew about Watchmen before cracking it open were: “superheroes kind of” and “who watches the watchmen?” Needless to say, I didn’t really know what to expect. I certainly did not expect to be pulled in by compelling artwork, rounded characters, and an impressive plot in the way that I currently am. While Watchmen is literally bursting… Read more →