Rorschach is first viewed as an anti hero when he

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Rorschach is first viewed as an anti-hero when he describes the kidnapping case that shaped him into the cruel crime fighter that he is. Before that case he was rational and was not as barbaric to criminals because he was unaware of how cruel some of the people 8
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Poz Diaz in the world were. What he experienced while working on that case created the violent, hated anti-hero known as Rorschach. He was investigating a case where a little girl had been kidnapped and he was able to discover the house believed where she was being held. To Rorschach’s surprise he found a pair of underwear which looked to belong to the little girl in a stove. Later, he realized that the attack dogs of the kidnapper were fighting over the little girl’s bones which triggered his anger and led him to kill them. After the kidnapper arrived Rorschach was disgusted by his crime that he decided to handcuff him to his stove and then set the house on fire. Before leaving, Rorschach hands the man a saw and advises him “Shouldn’t bother trying to saw trough handcuffs. Never make it in time” (Moore VI, 25). His discovery of the little girl led him to lose his rationality and do whatever it takes to criminals so they get what they deserve. Rorschach cannot be viewed as a hero because he wanted to see if the kidnapper would saw his arm off as he watched house burn outside. Rorschach is an anti-hero because although he stands for truth and justice, he acts against the government and has no mercy when handling crime. He is wanted by the government because he commits crimes as he is fighting it. His actions also resemble those of a psychopath which also distances Rorschach from being a hero. As Steve Ditko is asked about his thoughts on Rorschach’s character he explains, “Oh yes, I know that, he’s the one who’s like Mister A, except Rorschach is insane” (Kavanagh). Steve Ditko is pleased at Rorschach’s character because unlike his inspiration, Mister A, he is the exact opposite and displays an insane character. He is an insane character because he is willing to kill and torture criminals to get the truth out of them. Rorschach feels as though the 9
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Poz Diaz kidnapping case was an insight for him on how cruel and twisted the world really was. It helped him mature as a crime fighter because he believed in his early days he was soft. Unlike the rest of the Watchmen, Rorschach acts more violently towards the people because he feels it is their fault for all the crime and corruption of the city. “ Unlike many other costumed crime-fighters, the young Kovacs was driven by a sense of moral indignation” (Ourchair). When Rorschach first started fighting crime he was compelled to do it because he had a strong displeasure against the corruption of the city. It is noticeable that “His mother, his childhood and Kitty Genovese were merely elements that made him overreact to the world’s injustice” (Ourchair). His past only influenced him to fight crime,
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