EmPiiRe x wrote:
But even Rorschach's occasional leniency towards women comes from a sort of underhanded sexism. He does not respect them as people able to make their own decisions and assert their own freewill. If you've ever seen The Searchers or Taxi Driver, you can get a sense of what I'm talking about. Both protagonists obsess themselves with saving women who may not need or want to be rescued. Both men think they know what is best for the women in their lives and work to free from the "evils" that are keeping them apart. They supplant people's judgments and decisions with their own, because they think they know better, which is a big part of what Watchmen is all about in the first place.
Rorschach never really gets bogged down in this sort of narrowly focused revenge, and frankly thinks that he has bigger fish to fry, but, as Rorschach is so heavily derivative of the Travis Bickle character, I thought I'd point it out.
That's as a really great argument. I think you're absolutely right. He does seem a lot like the main characters of those films. He does seem to associate women as objects, not of objects of desire, but more like livestock to be fenced in and protected, as they can't seem to defend themselves. They don't know what to eat unless you stick it in front of their face, or what an enemy is until it are victimised.
Rorschach does come off as a control freak. Many of those whom are control freaks come from a background where they had no control, which is something Walter Kovacs didn't have through his life, particularly growing up. Factors decided it for him, thinking what's best for him (which, as a result, wasn't), and he was forced to go along for the ride. So it makes sense that he would do the same toward others, impending his own control towards others, thinking that it's what's best for them (unaware that it probably isn't). If you can't fight, how can you defend? If you don't know what you want, how can you earn it?
...they wouldn't want to get on Rorschach's BAD side.
You mean he has a good
side? Where the hell have I been?!
Of course, he does, the little snuggle bunny! (pinch his little cheekies-weakies)