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1 Are heroes worth our faith? Alan Moore’s comic book Watchmen is a unique work which is written in a way that proposes multi-interpretations, but does not exactly insist on any particular one. The world set in Watchmen is dark, serious, and truer to the real world than the ones we usually see. It is a place where the definition of good and evil is unclear, where there is no hope for humanity, where superheroes are just as morally troubled as normal people, some even more. Watchmen leaves its ultimate meaning for the readers to reach their own conclusions, to reconsider their perception of idealism and to think about heroes in a more philosophical way. Therefore, humanity should reconsider their so called belief in imaginary symbols, especially superheroes, and make their own choice whether these heroes are worth believing, or if perhaps they are just cultural icons who are controlled by the government to shape us the way they prefer. The story begins in 1985, New York City. Moore creates an imagined world where the US has won the Vietnam War and Richard Nixon has taken that victory to extend his term to almost twenty years. With Dr.Manhattan, the US has become such a threat that the Soviets and other countries are prepared to risk nuclear war in order to hold back US domination. However, in reality, the Vietnam War is one of America’s most disastrous failure throughout its history in which millions of lives are lost and billions are meaninglessly spent on the war. This defeat questions the idea that America is invincible. It weakens the public’s faith in the government and its leadership. In the wake of war, American people become more aware of their insecurity, and doubt the power of the military force. Therefore, they immediately look for safety from elsewhere to make them believe again. This is the reason a sudden wave of comic books and public figures of superheroes flooding the market in the late 20th century. These imagined
2 masked heroes give the public a sense of protection, whether this is true or not, and let them indulge in their own fantasy about how powerful Americans are. These so called heroes are the results of the general public’s ideals of the role models who obtain all their missing qualities, and the success they wish to achieve. Moreover, they shed a new light to the American post-war darkness, and make the people full of hope again. Furthermore, the juicy tales and stories of

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