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Transcript of Watchmen
She is a feminist symbol (from her actions to her outfit).
Only person who can help Dr. Manhattan act human. Utilitarian Background Virtue Ethics Background: Deontologist Rorshach Nite Owl Background Background Written by Alan Moore
Illustrated by Dave Gibbons
Setting is an alternate 1980's reality
Depicts what the world would be like if we had superheroes and superhuman vigilantes
Published in 1986 as a series of
12 comic books and were combined into a graphic novel
with 12 chapters
The Comedian, Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan, Ozymandias Ozymandias History:
Father of Laurie Juspeczyk (Silk Spectre number 2)
Tried to rape and later had a consensual relationship
with Sally Jupiter (The original Silk Spectre)
He is a trained assassin
Cold and heartless killer except for when it comes
to his daughter Laurie The Comedian The Comedian ultimately seaks to emulate the evil he's trying to fight.
The joke in his eyes is that everyone is evil in some form or fashion.
He seeks to reflect other peoples' evil in his behavior.This causes him to serve as a direct foil to Rorschach, who sees this but tries to stick to his principles anyway.They're both quite crazy, but Rorschach is more honorable.
Used by the Government in a Utilitarian way
Does what he wants and does not care about helping people. Ethics Adrian Viedt
Born to German immigrants
Parents died when he was 17
His idol was Alexander the Great
"Smartest man on Earth"
Business man: became wealthy by mass-producing toys of himself
Became known as very charitable
Advanced fighting skills and strength
Has a pet genetically engineered super-cat named Bubastis
Villian? History: Laurie Juspeczyk
Illegitimate daughter of Edward Blake (The Comedian) and Sally Jupiter (Silk Spectre)
Follows in her mothers footsteps and takes over as Silk Spectre
Believes her father was Sally's first husband and does not discover the truth until Dr. Manhattan takes her to Mars and reveals everything
Views the Comedian as a terrible, awful person who tried to rape her mother
Actions are influenced by others
Value is centered on the happiness of Dr. Manhattan
Leaves Dr. Manhattan and moves in with Dan Dreiberg (Nite Owl) and begins to think about things with more clarity Virtue Ethics Resembles her father
Relies on other people
to make decisions for her
Represents the average
human being Dan Dreiberg
Took over after the original retired
Vigilante (Batman like)
Relies more on technology instead of superhuman powers
Retires after the implementation of the Keene Act
Becomes romantically involved with Laurie (Silk Spectre) after she leaves Dr. Manhattan Continent- average person
Reacts to Ozymandias's plan like anyone else would because there was no better solution
Comparison point for both Rorschach and Ozymandias
Saves people from a burning building and breaks Rorschach out of jail, alongside with Laurie (Silk Spectre) Bombs New York City and kills millions of innocent citizens in order to save the United States from a nuclear attack from Russia during the Cold War
Disguises explosion as an "alien attack"Believes his plan will end the Cold War (and it does America and Russia sign a truce)
The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the few
Looks only at the consequence of his actions
When the others discover his plan, they are to late to stop it and agree to keep Ozymandias's involvement in the explosion a secret because his plan worked (wanted to keep the peace), except for Rorschach who gets murdered
Kills the Comedian when he finds out his plan which sets the Watchmen story in motion If you do the crime you must be punished
Criminals (all crimes are equal) do not deserve to live
He justifies his actions with the duty to do the right thing
He justifies murdering criminals under the categorical imperative defining evil
"There is good and there is evil, and the eveil must be punished." Walter Kovacs
Born as the son of a drug addicted prostitute and an absentie father referred to as "Charlie"
Put into foster care and lives in a group home after he got into a violent fight with two bullies
Excels at academics and athletics in school Background Leaves school to become a dressmaker for a woman named Kittly Genovese who rejects his dressTwo years later she is brutally raped and killed in front of her apartment while neighbors look onThis leads Walter Kovacs to become Rorschach
Known for being on of the more ruthless vigilantes who always murders his victimsRefuses to retire after the Keene Act (makes vigilantism illegal) and gets unmasked by police
Only one who protests Ozymandias's plan
Murdered by Dr. Manhattan References Moore, A., Wein, L., & Kesel, B. (1986). Watchmen. DC Comics.
Irwin, W., & White, M. D. (2009). Watchmen and philosophy. Hoboken, New Jersey:John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Minutemen [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://images2.fanpop.com/image/photos/13100000/Watchmen-watchmen-13102554-1920-1080.jpg
Rorschach [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://http://rorschachreviews.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/1173711-rorschach.jpg
Silk Spectre [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs43/f/2009/075/a/9/Whatchmen__Silk_Spectre_II_by_Tyrus88.jpg
Dr. Manhattan [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080724131930/watchmen/images/5/50/Doctor_Manhattan_reappears.jpg
Nite Owl [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://idrawgirls.com/images/2009Q1/how-to-draw-watchmen.jpg Watchmen [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.dbcovers.com/imagenes/backdrops/grandes/watchmen_2009//watchmen_2009_2.jpg
Watchmen [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://4iphonewallpapers.com/iphone-4-wallpapers/main/2010_10/watchmen-smiley.png
[Photograph]. Retrieved from http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles6/1270101/projects/4300557/c0b0d640a3a7ec8484d9f414e4413520.jpg
Alan Moore Discusses WATCHMEN: The Mindscape Of Alan Moore [Video file]. (n.d.). Retrieved from
Silk Spectre: Before Watchmen [Photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://http://th07.deviantart.net/fs71/PRE/f/2012/180/b/8/silk_spectre_by_rickcelis-d52q70t.jpg
Dr. Manhattan [photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lezowt7jIB1qfbpvro1_400.jpg
Dr. Manhattan [photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_IVkOSIsYk3c/TI7N3n3D_DI/AAAAAAAAADY/qLFts-hBSRw/s1600/Dr-Manhattan.jpg
Ozymandias [photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/underwire/images/2008/11/10/watbn_ozymandias_3.jpgOzymandias
[photograph]. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.morethings.com/fan/watchmen/ozymandias-adrian-veidt-watchmen-100.jpg Physicist named Jon Osterman
Involved in a lab accident that should have killed him but instead transforms him into a superhuman with superpowers
Married to Janey Slater
Starts a love affair with Laurie (Silk Spectre)
Laurie leaves him when she realizes that the accident left him without basic human emotions
People who come in contact with him are developing a rare aggressive form of cancer
People become to fear and hate him
He is overwhelmed with this and runs away to Mars (giving Russia an opportunity because America is vulnerable) Has no ethics because he is not human
Ethics of his existence
His existence gives the United States an advantage in the Cold War
Win the Vietnam War and basically end Communism because of him