[NOTE: This post was taken from the "Easter Eggs" thread. --"Curiosity Inc."]
Burgers N Borscht wrote:
This was mentioned in the Religious Allusions thread, but probably worth noting here. The blood splashed onto Rorschach, both from the butchering of the dog and from Larry (Big Figure's fat goon), is drawn symmetrically opposite that of the blood Jesus is pictured as incurring from the Spear of Destiny. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spear_of_Destiny
I don't think Moore/Gibbons intended to imply that Rorschach is the anti-Christ, but rather that Rorschach's views (moral objectivism) about how to deal with "wrong" is symmetrically opposite that of Jesus' view (forgiveness).
Related to this would be Walter's birth date being March 21 (the first day of spring), also marking the earliest date of Easter (the death of Jesus).
The wiki article is hosting a picture that is incorrect. The spear that was used pierced Christ on his left
side. The Romans would do this to pierce the heart, ensuring/confirming death of the crucified. We know the heart was pierced because the Scriptures say that "blood and water flowed". This can only have occurred had the Pericardial sinus been pierced. Yes, the pericardial sinus is an area of the heart.
Personally I don't see any "anti-Christ" imagery or allusion with Rorschach. If anything he is very much a Christ-like figure, to some degrees. Rorschach had
to die so that the (new found) peace and unity would have a chance to continue. When Rorchach died so did the knowledge of what Veidt had done. That knowledge would have spun the world back into chaos, thus in a sense Rorschach carried Veidt's "sin" to his grave - just as the Scriptures say that Christ carried the sins of the world.
Christ's sacrifice on the cross, in place of man kind, was essentially the transition between the two ways God dealt with sinful mankind: Old Testament - vengeful, wrathful, sin is sin, sin is evil, evil must be punished, no 'redemption'. New Testament (after the death and resurrection of Chirst) - mercy and forgiveness, sin is still sin, Christ has paid the price and taken the punishment, mankind can be redeemed.
At Christ's second coming there will be no mercy, only war. Mankind has been given a chance for peace. Christ returns to expose the evils and bring judgement on them once and for all. Obviously Rorschach didn't return from the dead. Although, his journal is still out there with the potential to blow the whole thing apart. Veidt may not have escaped his judgement, and society may yet spiral back into chaos and war.
Everyone meeting Rorschach would likely 'see' something different in the patterns on his mask, giving insight into their own psyche, etc. Everyone who met Christ saw something different in Him. He was many things to many people, both good things and bad things depending on the persons disposition and spiritual state.
Rorschach lived in poverty and frequented places where 'regular' people wouldn't go. Christ travelled with no means of income, as a homeless person, and was often criticized for the company he kept. Rorschach was an outlaw vigilante carrying out his work "in secret" thanks to his non-descript alter ego "the sign guy" (until his arrest and unmasking of course). Christ (according to the Scriptures) was the Messiah, the Son of God, carrying out His work "in secret" until He revealed Who He really was.
Walter carried sign announcing "The End is Nigh". Christ often warned people about the coming judgement.
I'm not trying to labour a point, don't worry, just responding in kind