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A superhero is respected and an example for us. The comic book Watchmen, which is written by Moore and
Gibbons, describes a story about six “superheroes”. A murder that surrounds the
“superheroes” is happening, and the living “superheroes” begin to investigate
this case. The Comedian, Doctor Manhattan and Rorschach are three of the six
main characters, with different costumes. Although they look like superheroes?they are not because superheroes are supposed to be self-giving. What is
more, they always think of others more often than of themselves. In the book Watchmen, they do just as they pleased.
To understand the book thoroughly, it is important to know the nature of the
characters in it.

The Comedian?who
is self-centered and relentless, is not a superhero. When he was young, he
attempted to rape Sally and hit her and justified his action by saying “C’mon,
baby. I know what you need. You gotta have some reason for wearin’ an outfit
like this, huh?” (Moore and Gibbons, 48). The Comedian is not only self-centered
but also unable to been self-control. As a workmate, the Comedian tries to rape
Sally instead of being on friendly terms with her, which would not happen to a
superhero. In addition, he is relentless and cold-blooded. He kills the
pregnant woman who has his baby after he discards her and says “Filthy,
stinking, worthless…” (Moore and Gibbons, 56). Hurting and discarding woman,
especially a pregnant woman, is ungentlemanly. Furthermore, he kills her and
his baby, which is immoral and proves that he is not a hero. However, he just
treats everything that he has done as a joke. Another of the Comedian’s
wrong-doing is that he hurts the citizens because they do not obey him. As a
vigilant?he yells at the citizens with a rude and an impolite tone,
“Lissen, you little punks, you better get back in ya rat holes! I got riot gas,
I got rubber bullets…” (Moore and Gibbons, 58). He is not a regular cop but a violent
sociopath who thinks he is society’s only protection, and he fights and kills
without reservation. His behavior reflects his brutality and he is not a
superhero. He is more like an arrogant man with costume.

Another protagonist in the book
is Doctor Manhattan. He is the only one with super powers and can change things
into steam and other forms, and restructure himself, and some other powers. As
a public figure?he is so spineless when the
reporters mention Janey, his ex-girlfriend who is suffering from cancer, he shouts
out “I said leave me alone!” then teleports everybody out of the building,
(Moore and Gibbons, 92). Doctor Manhattan is a distinctive man in Watchmen because he has strong powers
such as see the future. However, he uses his super powers to teleport everyone
away from him to avoid being asked some personal questions. He is self-centered
and he is not suitable to be a super hero. Afterwards, he witnesses the
Comedian to kills the innocent pregnant woman and he just says “Blake, do not…
do it” (Moore and Gibbons, 56). He could prevent the pregnant from being
killing, but he just observes, “You coulda change the gun into steam or the
bullets into mercury or the bullet into snowflakes! You coulda teleported either
of us to goddamn Australia, but you did not lift a finger.” (Moore and Gibbons,
57). He is false and does not care about others. To other countries, he is a
powerful bomb. He destroys other countries using his super powers. An aside is
that, “Their terror of me balanced by an almost religious awe” (Moore and
Gibbons, 130). People in other countries have a great fear of him because he is
a not only a walking bomb but also a menace, and nobody can be defended.
However, fear is the thing brought from Doctor Manhattan, but it is not the
thing that created by a super hero.

Rorschach is a character who
is out of his mind in Watchmen. He is
a normal person until he is involves in the investigation into the kidnapping
case. He kills the kidnapper’s dog and burns the kidnapper because of the
killing of the girl, and he “Stood in street. Watched it burn. Imagined
limbless felt torsos inside; breasts blackening; bellies smoldering; bursting
into flame one by one. Watch for an hour” (Moore and Gibbons, 203). He is a
madman with mental illness because he punishes the kidnapper in an illegal and
bloody way, which is self-centered. Also, he causes confusion in the prison by provoking
others like “Fat chance. Come and get me” (Moore and Gibbons, 260). He offends
many criminals as a crime fighter before he is arrested. However, in the
prison, his behavior is the same as a criminal because he kills others and
escapes from the jail. In fact, he is a psychopathic serial killer with a hero
complex. He crams Moloch into the refrigerator and threatens him, “You are
sweating. Looks unpleasant. Should cool down” (Moore and Gibbons, 149).
Violence is a useful but malignant way to solve a problem, which is absurd to a
super hero. However, it is his symbol throughout the entire book.

The Comedian, Doctor
Manhattan, and Rorschach are not super heroes because they are self-centered
and selfish. In comparison, Super heroes should be selfless and leave
themselves behind others. Instead of doing what they pleased to do, selfless is
not only the character for super heroes but also the main character for people.
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Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Watchmen. America: DC Comics press, 1986