However, the book does not simply conveys two absolutely different stories but it also gives implications to the application of different criminology theories to understand reasons why people do commit crimes and why they do not. The story of two men named Wes Moore can be viewed from different perspective. For instance, it is possible to view their story from traditional biological positivism perspective, according to which individual choices are the result of inherited behavior of individuals.
Despite being the most revered comic book of all time, it never really entered the mainstream until the film. Now, people are rushing to read it in droves, but approaching Watchmen without an understanding of its history and influences means missing most of what makes it truly special.
The entire work is an exploration of the history and purpose of the superhero genre: Moore stretches from fond satire to outright subversion to minute allusion, encasing the once-simple genre in layers of meaning.
Even as he refines and compresses the genre, he also constantly pushes its boundaries. Watchmen is unapologetic, unflinching, and most miraculous of all, freed from the shame which binds so many comics. Moore never stoops to making an entirely sympathetic character.
There is no real hero, and none of the characters represents Moore's own opinions. Superhero comics are almost always built around wholly sympathetic, admirable characters. They represent what people wish they were, and they do the things normal people wish they could do.
It is immediately gratifying escapism, which many people attach themselves to, especially the meek who lead tedious, unfulfilled lives. Many people also do the same thing with celebrities, idolizing them and patterning their own lives on the choices those famous people make.
But in this modern age of reality TV and gossip media, we know that celebrities are not ideal people. Indeed, their wealth and prominence often drives them mad. While everyone else views the world from the bottom up, they view it from the top down, and this skewed perspective wreaks havoc with their morality and sense of self.
Moore's superheroes represent something even beyond this celebrity. Not only are they on the top of the heap, but they are physically different from other human beings. Their superiority is not just in their heads and pocketbooks, but in their genetics. They are not meant to be sympathetic, they are meant to be human.
They are as flawed and conflicted as any of us, and while we may sometimes agree with them, as often, we find them distant and unstable. Many people have fingered Rorschach as the 'hero' of this tale, but that is as flawed as pinning Satan as the hero of 'Paradise Lost'.
Following the classic fantasy of power, Rorschach inflicts his morality on the world around him. But, since he is not an ideal, but a flawed human, we recognize that his one-man fascist revolution is unjustified. We all feel that we see the world clearly, and everyone around us is somehow confused and mistaken.
Often, we cannot understand how others can possibly think they way they do. Sometimes, we try to communicate, but there is often an impassable barrier between two minds: We all feel the temptation to act out--if only those disagreeable people were gone, the world would be a better place.
While this justification may be enough for most comic writers, Moore realizes that the other guy thinks everything would be better if we were gone. Rorschach lashes out because his ideas are too 'out there' and he is too socially insecure to convince anyone that he is right. He is unwilling to question himself, and so becomes a force of his own violent affirmation.
Most who sympathize with him are like him: Many are unwilling even to try. Rorschach becomes a satire of the super hero code, which says that as long as you call someone evil, you are justified in beating him to death.
This same code is also commonly adopted as foreign policy by leaders in war, which Moore constantly reminds us of with references to real world politics.
The rest of the characters take on other aspects of violent morality, with varying levels of self-righteousness. Like the British government of the 's, which inspired Moore, or the American government of the beginning of this century, we can see that equating physical power with moral power is both flawed and dangerous.
Subjugating others 'for their own good' is only a justification for leaders who feel entitled to take what they can by force.The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore is the book that uncovers two absolutely different stories of two people with one and the same name.
However, the book does not. The Faun's Bookshelf is an interesting title that explores, as part of the subtitle reveals, "Why Myth Matters." Dr.
Charlie Starr, the author, uses books C.S. Lewis mentions on Mr. Tumnus's bookshelf as the framework to examine what myth means and how it teaches us about reality. May 18, · This essay opens with a general statement about literature that is reminiscent of Moore’s striking, unfettered use of metaphor in her fiction: “Literature, when it is occurring, is the.
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Moore's essay "Refutation of Idealism" appeared in a issue of Mind. This essay is credited as the opening salvo of the British New Realism, a branch of philosophy with which Bertrand Russell. Michael Moore - Founder.
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