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The end matter for Chapter 6 includes six documents: the report made at the time of Rorschach's arrest for his alleged murder of Moloch; a summary of his early life from the New York State Psychiatric Hospital; an essay titled "My Parents," which Rorschach wrote when he was 13; a transcription of his recollection about a dream and an accompanying drawing; and a note from Dr. Malcolm Long, written before he began speaking with Rorschach. The documents paint a picture of a smart young man who grew up in a loveless home with a mother who paid little attention to him. Young Walter idolizes his father, whom he never met, and decides he must have been an aide to President Harry Truman, who presided over the end of World War II. The 13-year-old Walter thinks Truman did the right thing when he "dropped the atom bomb on Japan and saved millions of lives."

Analysis

Rorschach's right-wing political views were influenced by those of his unknown father. The only thing he knew about his dad was that he liked President Truman, so young Walter decided to like President Truman, too. Years later Rorschach continues to think of his father and President Truman as good men (Chapter 1) and wants to make the world a place of which "decent men" like them could be proud. Subconsciously, Rorschach has become a vigilante to please the father he's never met.

Dr. Malcolm Long's motives are clearer. The included note is actually a memo to himself about Rorschach, and it was written before he even met the formerly masked man. He hopes to uncover a "syndrome" specific to masked vigilantes, and he reminds himself to "keep notes with an eye to possible future publication." From the outset of their relationship, Dr. Long is more focused on the fame his association with Rorschach will bring than helping his patient deal with his own demons.

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