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Transcript of Watchmen

In the alternative universe of 1985, a group of vigilantes find themselves perplexed over the death of one of their own: The Comedian.
Although the characters themselves will be explained more thoroughly in a moment, each character has their own strength, and their very own (and very different) set of ethics.
Keene Act.
In this universe, Nixon is the president, and the United States is at war with Vietnam.
The story is told through different times instead of chapters, which are counted down on a clock, which is a metaphorical representation of the approaching doom of nuclear disaster during the Cold War.
This comic follows the story of the characters as they make their own interpretation of how and why the Comedian was killed, along with trying to understand and solve the murder of their fellow (and crazy) vigilante.
During this time, there was a lot of fear and panic over the possibility of a nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.
This, along with Ozymandias' plan to commit a mass murder set off the story.
Nite Owl
Silk Spectre
Nite Owl is mostly Virtue ethics.He is
considered the most "human" like character.
How he watches for people who need help and helps them. This shows he is virtuous.
Not only does he help those in need he also has his beliefs and views on Ozymandias and what he did.
Nite Owl was one of the characters who was good at heart and believed that what Ozymandias did was wrong.
Being the middle of an extreme deontology and an extreme case of utilitarianism is the definition of virtue ethics.
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The Comedian

Ethics Continued
Nite Owl is the only character to live a full life.
Nite Owl is a balance between Rorshach and Ozymandias.
When Nite Owl decides to break Rorshach out of jail it showed a virtuous act. He is brave but isn't reckless about his behavior.
Not only is he brave but he also is friendly.
Nite Owl is the middle of the Rorscach and Ozymandias in this virtue. Rorscach is twisted and Ozymandias is too serious. While, Nite Owl has a good sense of humor.
Rorschach and Deontology
Comedian Ethics
Best represents Virtue Ethics: Viscous side
Virtue Ethics concentrates on virtues and vices
Vices are bad qualities
Comedian is the text book example of an incontinent viscous person
“Yeah, Yeah, that’s right. Pregnant woman. Gunned her down. Bang.
Moral Absolutism
• Walter Kovac.
• Rorschach dresses in a trench coat, and wears an ever-moving ink blot mask under a fedora.
• Dark side of deontology.
• Deontologists:judge the morality of an action based on how the action followed the rules.
• Rorschach and the Keene Acts
• “We are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion, bear children, hellbound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else. Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It's us. Only us.”

• Named because he thinks the whole world is one big joke
• Whole story begins with his death
• Very egocentric- mostly concerned with himself
• Still a vigilante, but only to satisfy his own need for violence
• Creates his own amount of evil
• Hard to classify ethically because he is not ethical

An Explanation...
Alan Moore
Alan Moore, born in November of 1953, is the father of Watchmen, along with other notable works like
V for Vendetta
Hell Blazer
, and
From Hell
Hates Hollywood.
He writes these stories for the joy he gets from writing them. Not for the fame he gets.
Alan Moore began writing in the 1970's in underground settings for fanzines in England.
He became successful and got published by magazines like
2000 AD
He was picked up by DC Comics, and became the "first comics writer living in Britain to do prominent work in America." (Wiki)
He also worked on characters like Batman and wrote a story on him called "Batman: The Killing Joke"
Dave Gibbons
-Born in England April 14th 1949 (age 64)
Ozymadias' Plan
Alan Moore
Dave Gibbons

Final Virtuous Act
To have or not to have emotion, is that a moral question?

Mostly a viscous person
Does have one final good act
He discovers ozymandias' plan and is against it
Unfortunately, this gets him killed
Has a plan that he believes will save humanity from itself
Decides to kill millions to save billions
To The Extreme
Extreme Utilitarian
Utilitarianism:Based on consequences
Focuses completely on the greater good, no matter the cost
• Moral Absolutism says that "certain actions are absolutely right or wrong, regardless of the intentions behind them, as well as consequences.”
• Rorschach’s ethical (and quite unethical) decision.
• Rorschach’s death.

Walter Kovac
Presentation by:
Michaela Karman
Andrea Suarez
Melissa Loisel
Andrew Edelman
Morgan Lineberry

Laurie is the daughter of Sally Jupiter, the original Silk Spectre
Sally tells Laurie the truth about the Comedian
Both are beneficiaries of liberal feminism:
“all humans are equal because all humans are rational.”
Beneficence is the principle that guides the ethical theory to do what is good.
“This priority to ‘do good’ makes an ethical perspective a possible solution to an ethical dilemma acceptable.”
Sally wants Laurie to sexualize herself in order to help her “advance her career
Laurie lets her loves ones define her
Her new image is a sign of independence and breaking from the ideas everyone has of her to be.
Dr. Manhattan
-Known for as a comic book artist

- Notable works include the watchmen, Judge Dredd, Green Lantern,and the first issue of the Hulk Comics
-Won two Jack Kirby awards in 1987 both in best new series and best writer/artist(single or team) won with Allan Moore.
Johnathan "Jon" Osterman
-Born to a watch maker in 1929
-He wanted to grow up working on clocks like his father, became a Phycist instead
-August 1959 Jon became Dr. Manhattan through an expeirment that went wrong.
Are Emotions Important to Ethical thinking?
While Dr. Manhattan is human, his Superhuman power give him a personality that seems almost indifferent to human delemmas.
Philosophers like David Hume saw that human emotion was the basis for a decision making in ethics.
"I'm just a puppet who can see the strings."
Dr. Manhattan, the Stoic
Stoicism-the philosophical belief to accept the events of life without getting over-burdened by the emotional attachment
Silk Spectre
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