“He deformed the lives of every living creature on the face of this planet…One single being has been allowed to change the entire world, pushing it closer to its eventual destruction in the process…We are all of us living in the shadow of Manhattan.”
I don’t feel that my thoughts are fully formed on my persona from today’s class. I think Docter Manhattan is an amazing character. Very philosophical and very intriguing.
I picked him because I have a lot of questions about him and his world. I’ve gotten, as I think many of us have, very caught up in the idea of technology as an extension of humanity. But what if we are extending in the wrong direction?
Doctor Manhattan transcends the human condition and propells the world down a spiral of destruction. I find it very interesting that he is referred to as the superman, the man to end all wars when actually he only causes more problems and doesn’t end up making much of anything better. He eventually loses all traces of humanity. He has no morality, killing is not a action that requires thought. As George said in class, he is god.
In class I said that I felt he also lives beyond gender. I think I might have been wrong. When he rebuilds his body he chooses to construct a male form, once in this form he still has sexual relationships with women. Throughout the story he is decidedly male. Could gender be something that is so ingrained in our consciousness that it is impossible to get rid of? Perhaps if he was created rather than reformed into this beyond human being, he could exist without gender.
Although I love Watchmen, I find all of the female characters to be a bit unsatisfying. Their roles are completely necessary to the story, but I can’t help but wonder how things would have been different if the first “superman” was a woman.
These are just some half-formed thoughts… I’ve got to work in out in my head. Maybe I’ll munch on some potstickers while I think. There was absolutely no reason for me to link to this post. I just felt like it. It’s a good one.
By the way, the lesbian crime-fighter I was referring to in class is Silhouette.