English R1B - For Wealth, Rank, or Honor

English R1B - For Wealth, Rank, or Honor - Fred Yip English...

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Fred Yip English R1B : Section 3 Marguerite Nguyen April 15 , 2007 For Wealth, Rank, or Honor In the article, “’Who Watches the Watchmen?’ Ideology and ‘Real World’ Superheroes,” Jamie A. Hughes argues what is the motivation and purpose behind the central characters of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ graphic novel, “Watchmen,” and some of today’s more well-known superheroes. As stated by Hughes, the “Golden Age (1938-1949)” of comic book characters presents a crime-ridden world to the public that desperately needs people with special abilities and powers to serve and protect its imaginary citizens. Taken well and popularized by both young children and adults, the heroic figures of Superman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern are “[placed] on pedestals as champions of justice and perfection” (Hughes 546). However, with more recent publications in the realm of comic books such as Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” and Moore and Gibbons’ “Watchmen,” the superheroes are lured more by personal benefits—money,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course R 1B taught by Professor Lipkin during the Fall '06 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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English R1B - For Wealth, Rank, or Honor - Fred Yip English...

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