First of all let me say this, The Watchmen is by far the most entertaining piece of literature I have ever been assigned to read in my entire education career. And you can take that to the bank! The characters, the language, the scenery, the way Rorschach beats the crap out of everyone, it’s all so good. This Rorschach makes Wolverine look like my little sister.  Next time I need information from someone I highly plan on breaking fingers until I get answers or until I realize he really doesnt know anything…

As far as relating this material to the ideas of Sausaure, Jameson etc…I think that will be a little more challenging than I thought but what the heck I’ll give it a try.

The first thing that I started to think about was how different this world of superheroes was to the traditional image I have always had towards super heroes. In a way this novel is like that movie The Incredibles but rated NC-17 . It gives the reader a glimpse into the world of retired, worn out, super heroes and the problems that would come after living the life of a famous vigilante. After all these “super heroes” are simply that “vigilantes with fancy costumes.” Now it may sound cynical but the idea of super heroes especially ones massed into one large group with  a name like Crimebusters, (I can’t help but get that “Who ya gonna call?” type feeling.) is a little scary thought. I mean who said that it was okay for them to decide what was right and wrong and start enforcing it with violence. Sounds more like a dictator to me. What has always made me view super heroes in this way is the idea of their ultimate power. They are stronger than the people, the police and the army. Now most heroes live by a code of honor in which they decide whats right and wrong which is usually rooted in their upbringing or by the laws of his/her nation. Yet what if they draw the line of right and wrong a little too close? And start enforcing code and policies that he/she feel are right but may not be in the best interest of the people. For example, even the almighty Superman has shown he cares about Louis Lane a lot more than he does about the rest of us. Take Superman 1 for example. After the death of Louis Lane, Superman gets so worked up and angry he begins flying around the world so fast that it actually begins to spin backwards and time slowly starts to reverse. After setting time back, Superman rushes down and comes to the aid of a clueless Louis. Now if he has the power to do that then why cant he do that very same thing when someone else is in need of his aid and he could not help. Also, by doing this if someone were getting beaten or tortured somewhere else in the world, by turning back time, Superman is forcing them too relive these horrible experiences twice! All for the sake of his own selfishness and desire. Does anyone see my point here?

As far as The Watchmen goes, it seemed to me that this was showing a post-post modernist view of this world. The idea of one superhero fighting for justice and becoming famous like Batman, Spiderman, etc give us a view of a post modern world. The Watchmen shows us the repercussions of a world of after supheros. (The Incredibles Part 2: The Atermath) Jameson definitely has his say in this piece with pastiche being a part of the world these people live in. All these heroes are simply mimicking and repeating what has already been done before but in a serious way. If they thought it was funny we would have parody but sadly “The Comedian”is dead serious about that name for a hero.  Another connection to Jameson is how the world they live in is cut off from the rest of the actual world. It seems that the only information being given is from the various news headlines found throughout the novel. These characters are very wrapped up in their world and now it seems that things are changing.

As we continue on Im sure more conection will be drawn and maybe we will finally undersatnd why Dr. Manhatten gets the blue word bubbles?

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