If only i could convince him that life isnt like that

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has shaped him into something grimmer, something even worse. If only I could convince him that life isn’t like that. The world isn’t like that. I’m positive it isn’t” (Moore VI, 16). After observing Walter Kovacs, Dr. Malcolm realizes that Rorschach was only created because of society’s crimes and corruption. Rorschach has only gotten worse because of all the corruption he has witnessed and dealt with. Dr. Malcolm believes Rorschach can 2
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Poz Diaz change if he is convinced that the world is not as bad as he thinks it is. Dr. Malcolm Long believes Kovacs has created Rorschach the way he is because of misdirected aggression from his bad childhood and the case of Kitty Genovese, who was raped, tortured, and killed in front of her neighbors and no one did anything to help her. After hearing Rorschach’s story about the kidnapped girl, Dr. Malcolm Long begins to feel empathy for Walter Kovacs and is also affected by it. Rorschach’s view of the world is very black and white. He feels that mostly everything in the city is bad or wrong. But he also believes in what is right and what is good. Rorschach’s sense of what is good and what is bad comes from what he experienced and learned during his childhood. Rorschach views the whole world to be doomed because his sense of bad is perceived through what he experienced in his childhood with his mother. His sense of good is that of a child because in his early years, he never really encountered “good” people or even “good” times. It was not until after the kidnapping case that Kovacs realized that the world was filled with cruel people and that they did not need mercy for their crimes. Rorschach sees the world in black and white and the fault lines are fixed and absolute just like a Rorschach test, black ink on white paper. Rorschach’s view of the world is similar to his mask because his mask is similar to that of a Rorschach test, black and white, and to him almost everything is bad. While in the session with Dr. Malcolm Long, Walter Kovacs explains to him how he got his mask. At the age of sixteen Kovacs was a garment worker and six years later he got an order of a dress whose fabric consisted of two liquids, black and white. It was developed by Dr. Manhattan but was never picked up by the customer. Kovacs grew to love the fabric and decided to keep the dress. Later, Kovacs discovered that the women 3
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Poz Diaz who had ordered the dress was raped and murdered in front of her neighbors and no one tried to help her. Rorschach explains to Dr. Long, “I knew what people were, then, behind all the evasions, all the self-deception. Ashamed for humanity, I went home. I took the remains of her unwanted dress and made a face that I could bear to look at in the mirror” (Moore VI, 10). Rorschach’s black and white view of the world was present since his childhood but events such as the death of Kitty Genovese triggered Kovacs to begin fighting crime. He felt he personally needed to avenge her and other victims of crime.
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