one conflict in watchmen is between Dr. Manhattan and humanity. throughout the story he does a lot for humans ( mostly the U.S.) such as helping us win the Vietnam war and fighting crime as a masked hero. this is strange because he does so much for humans just because he is asked to but then later in the book basically says that he doesn’t care about humans and leaves earth. At that point in the book you realize that he was doing much more for humanity than you thought. You realize that he is basically the only thing keeping the world from war and total destruction. when Dr. Manhattan refuses to come back to earth I think it shows that he has pretty much lost hope in humanity and could care less to save the world.
Another conflict or theme that is represented in Watchmen is “who watches the watchmen” this is something that is brought up when the police are on strike and the watchmen are taking over till they come back. people begin to not like the idea of the watchmen having so much question and want to know who controls them. this eventually leads to a law being made outlawing masked heroes. I think this is kind of messed up because the watchmen did a lot for this people like fighting in a war for them and yet the second the war is over its almost like these people are ungrateful for what the watchmen have done for them. but at the same time I understand where they are coming from because who gave random masked guys who wont reveal who they are the right to decide who is right and wrong and up hold the law.
A Major conflict in this book and what the book is centered around is the comedians death. I think it is weird how the comedian is such a big part of the watchmen yet when he dies no one really pays to much attention to it except Rorschach. the other heroes such as night owl just say they should let the police handle it. I think this shows how al the other heroes have just excepted the fact that their days are no more except Rorschach. he is the only one that thinks the comedians murder isn’t just a coincidence and that they need to find out who did it and why they did it. this is strange because if it was me I would be like Rorschach and think that some ordinary guy couldn’t just kill the comedian and that it is bigger than that. I’m surprised that the other heroes didn’t feel that way to but it shows how they have kind of become soft and just excepted the fact that they are not superheroes anymore unlike Rorschach.