When ever I think about Watchmen I always thing of how sad it is that Rorschach is denied the gratification of his (presumed) victory. Many will argue that modern society is incapable of living under such an extreme view of (and enforcement of) the law. But I would say that that is irrelevant because Rorschach is just one man. A question that runs through Watchmen is “How much can one person do?” Rorschach tackles that with what may appear at first glance to be a very depressing view of the world but time simple fact that he continues to fight as fiercely as he dose indicates that he sees at least some of it as saveable. His decision to not compromise is the only way he could live on and still have the rest of his life have meaning.
I am reminded of a quote from the movie Boondock Saints “The question is not how far. The question is, do you possess the constitution, the depth of faith, to go as far is as needed?”
Rorschach has an endless amount of faith. I don’t know what for, but he has it.
It may be that he has an an endless amount of faith in the idea that he has no faith in humanity. Or that if he holds everyone to an impossible level of morality they will adopt it for themselves.
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