To lay the foundation for this idea, Watchmen uses their heroes to depict different approaches to solutions and their relatable immorality, using Dr. Manhattan to represent the idea of logic to approaching a solution. After a tragic accident, Dr. Manhattan is transformed into a superhuman being, with t...
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... the idea of heroes having moral ambiguity. In one flash back, he kills a pregnant woman in Saigon while doing work for the army. While this killing was unnecessary, it gets written off as “the cost of war”. Additionally, his past is filled with numerous flaws, one example being him sexually assaulting Sally Jupiter. Even though he has many faults and continuously making unethical decisions, because he is written as a hero helping fight crime for the greater good, he like all the other characters enter the moral gray area. Despite his countless immoral actions, after his death, most of his friends as well as society chooses to remember him as a hero, overlooking the wrong he did. This further supports the idea that moral ambiguity is the only solution supported by society as they quickly forgive all of his wrong doings, writing them off as necessary for his heroism.
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