EDITORIAL: The symbolism behind Watchmen?

EDITORIAL: The symbolism behind Watchmen?

Recently reading Watchmen,and then watching the movie,I have come across opinions containing differences between the comic and the movie,and noticed that the story changes that were in the movie,were purposely in the book,for an important reason,a point,or even a symbolic reason?

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Recently reading Watchmen,and then watching the movie,I have come across opinions containing differences between the comic and the movie,and noticed that the story changes that were in the movie,were purposely in the book,for an important reason,a point,or even a symbolic reason?

1 - The Altered Squid:

The giant squid in the end of this story was one of the biggest changes of the book that was in the movie,and a change that viewers were glad with,and probably shouldn't have been,simply because this situation could have well been purposely in the story for a symbolic or important reason.Zack Snyder,and the writers of the movie,obviously didn't understand or get the book at all;might have been able to visually adapt it accuarately,but didn't understand it,but on to the point,in the movie,the destruction was a nuclear powered explosion by Ozymandias to save the world and blaming it on Dr.Manhattan.In the comic,it was an altered giant squid created by Ozymandias,to kill the life off of New York,attempting to accomplish saving the world from themselves,and maybe this shouldn't have been changed in the movie.First,this shouldn't have been changed,because no one would think or be able to connect to this,unlike the movie,where it would be easy to figure out.Next,the movie version makes it seem as if Adrian Veidt is not the smartest man,like the book made it seem as if he were the smartest man,showing that he is truly intelligent by putting a squid on earth rather than an explosion that would take an ordinary person to figure out.Finally,it would be easy for Ozymandias to cause an explosion and put the blame on Dr.manhattan,but it wouldn't be for him to create a giant squid,killing all life,and no one knowing.So,this was most likely to symbolize that Ozymandias is truly the smartest man in the world.

2 - The Death of Rorschach:

Many were happy with the change to the death of Rorschach in the movie,apart from the comic version,and most thought of it as a good thing,but all it shows is that again,Zack Snyder and the writers do not understand the comic,but just want to appeal to opinions,rather than staying true to the importance of why it was.In the movie,Rorschach is killed by Dr.Manhattan,while Night Owl 2 witnesses it,but in the comic,Rorschach is killed by Dr.Manhattan,and Night Owl 2 has no knowledge and never knew it happened.This should have not been changed for the following reasons:Rorschach states earlier in the book that violent lives end violently,and this was deeply expressed in this part.Also,rorschach led a violent life,so it ended violent,as well as lonely.Next,loneliness was also expressed in this part,showing that violent lives end in loneliness,just like the Comedian.So,this symbolism was that Rorschach was the true hero,and willing to die because of it.

Bye

Charles Bryant
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TheManThatDoes
Member Since 3/26/2012
Filed Under "Watchmen" 3/26/2012
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