September 25, 12 Graphic Novel
**Rorschach and his absolutism.
Rorschach’s link to Dr. Manhattan pg 10 of book 6.
6 panel of Kitty Genovese…Rorschach’s uncertainty
Dr. Manhattan identifies with science. Comes across as someone neutral and cold.
Almost too heavy on science.
When he’s talking to Rorschach. Dismisses Blake’s death, lack of care. Apparent
meaninglessness. Is this what Moore suggests that we think of science?
Ironic thing Dr. M with Manhatten project…bombs make our world meaningless
Gods who will save us? Is science the God?
Blake burns the map. Metropolis tells them not to leave. Somebody has to save the
Ozymandias is (or thinks) he is going to save the world. And he does in the end.
Match between last two panels. First Ozymandias, next one over is Veidt. Goes
from ‘saving the world’ to unmasked at Blake’s funeral. Priest in same place as Cap.
Metropolis. What he is saying is being replaced by what the Priest is saying. First
panel a rhetorical question. Then matched with the priest, he gives us the answer.
The panel suggests the priest is talking to Veidt. Adrian is assuming the role. Paper
map replaced by the bible. 2 last panel Metropolis’s pose is like Jesus.
Ozymandias a self styled savior. Veidt recognizes heroes save others.
Dan and Laurie talking about Rorschach. Like 1.12.4-6 Rorschach facing front, then
back. Ozymandias makes himself a hero you can’t identify with. 12.27.1-2 His
move has alienated him from humanity in general. Does becoming an adult mean
putting away your child fantasy. Why is Veidt still wearing the uniform? Not really
a fantasy anymore, its become a part of him. He’s achieved something good?
Costumes aren’t that crazy in their world. Maybe theres nothing really wrong with
it. Would the world not in fact be better off without heroes? Culture is the medium
that allows people to prject the past into the future providing an essential basis of
psychological continuity. Bornstein and Lamb.
Veidt/Ozymandias in history…product nostalgia.
Francis Fukuyama “The End of History? “ See lecture slides. Final form of human
government. Fukuyama was heiled. Now he disowned what he said. Moral
absolutism (Rorschach) – absolute standards against which moral questions can be
judged. Black and white…no grey. 11.NE.10 Veidt talks about his philosophy. He is
in favor of enlightenment.
Veidt: Utilitarianism: the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its
contribution to overall utility, its outcome-the ends justify the means. (by this
reason, do you throw people out in order to save them? Utilitarianism states yes) To
achieve enlightenment, must settle for extinction.