|If you fuck up, he WILL fuck you up.|
Rorschach was easily the most hard-core out of all the Watchmen. When he was young he tracked down a child kidnapper only to discover that the kidnapper had chopped up the little girl and fed her to his dogs. At that moment he dedicated his life to brining brutal, violent justice to criminals.
Throughout the movie it becomes apparent that the word “compromise,” doesn’t exist in his vocabulary, except to deny that it is a viable concept. “Never compromise,” he often says. He proves to be difficult to get along with, even for his friends, and it is largely due to his brutal, abrasive nature.
He and The Comedian are similar in that both of them, at one point, had “seen the true face of human nature.” They understood what life was really like, and they both knew that it was cold and harsh.
The difference between them, though, is in how they chose to deal with it. While the Comedian thought it funny that he was tasked to protect humanity from itself, Rorschach took it seriously. It might be because Rorschach, although in his moral absolutism felt that most people were disgusting wretches and not worth saving, actually believed that he could save humanity by rooting out its evil wherever it may surface.
That makes sense as to why Rorschach was a vigilante to the end. He never gave up his fight against the injustice of the world, and he was never willing to compromise. Rorschach represents most people in today’s society, I think.
If it isn’t most people, then I think he represents too many people in society. It’s really easy to be an absolutist, whether it pertains to morals or political ideology. Life was simpler for Rorschach (although he was on the lamb a lot after vigilantes were outlawed in that universe), because his choices were easy: if you’re a law abiding citizen, you’re good to go; if you’re a criminal in any way, shape, or form, you’re going to get beaten badly.
It’s either right or wrong. There’s no in between for most people. Either the facts are correct or they’re complete lies. Most believe either that the budget deficit is a problem or it’s not. There are few people who would look at any given situation objectively and try to take their own personal bias out of it. We’ve all seen the girl fed to the dogs, and I would argue that most of us come unglued like Rorschach.
One dumbass on Crooks and Liars tried to tell me that there’s no such thing as welfare lifers anymore becauseAlthough most people don’t become violent vigilantes for their ideas, they are vehemently opposed to any sort of compromise of their ideas.
passed a law in the 90’s that made it impossible to be on welfare for life. When I told him that welfare lifers exist, that I’ve worked with teens whose parents were unemployed and still getting welfare, and that there are welfare lifers even in my own family, he flat out called me a liar. Clinton
Rorschach gets vaporized at the end of the film when he discovers the truth about Ozymandias’ plot. He threatens to expose the plot, and Dr. Manhattan kills him to cover up the truth. Rorschach willingly meets his doom, because he knows that he cannot allow himself to remain silent. He would rather die than compromise his beliefs.
Many American ideologues aren’t faced with physical death when their beliefs are challenged, but they do opt for an intellectual death. They would rather kill any sense of inquiry, doubt, or self-examination than compromise or admit that they might, by some chance, be mistaken.