People Must Be Told. wrote:
Great insight; loving the Sweet Chariot /GOPAIN symbolism. In similar 'precursor of fate' fashion, concrete block 15 that accompanies Jon Osterman into oblivion inside the IF chamber is also the same shade of green.
People Must Be Told. wrote:
To wrap up on the subject of the wrapper shown in detail being discarded among the Antarctic wastes as depicted at XI.3.7: not only is it possessed of a strange, despairing skull-like quality, a Munch-esque image, but it also bears an uncanny resemblance to the object (an item of clothing, presumably) appearing alongside Veidt at the climactic end of his Road to Damascus conversion shown at XI.10.7.
As for Jon Osterman, and block (#15), it is also the tie-in to Rorschach’s transformation, and the Black Freighter story. In the Supplement to Ch.V, the title of the article is "A Man On Fifteen Dead Men’s Chests", which is a play on words to the pirate song. I don’t believe that the #15 itself has any significance, but only that it is the number used in the song (Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum). I had tried to tie-in Adrian to the number 15 separately before, but couldn’t find any direct reference, only to relate him to the allegory of the “Marooned” freighter character.
For Dr M. and Rorschach, the #15 is how I equate them as parallel characters in “Watchman”, as by their transformations. With Osterman (IV. Pgs 7-8), he is locked into chamber #15 because of the safety feature (an ironic flaw/mistake), and asks Prof. Glass what happened to the other fourteen blocks. He is disintegrated with block #15, and is transformed into Dr. Manhattan, a being of Quantum Physics, of which has its own existential connotations.
With Rorschach’s case (VI.18.1-4+), Blair Roche was the wrong girl kidnapped (a mistake). Kovacs puts fourteen people into the hospital needlessly, but the 15th informant gives him the name of Gerald Grice. After discovering what happened to Roche, his view of the world has been transformed into his own existential philosophy. Osterman entered chamber #15, and was reborn as Dr. Manhattan. Kovacs followed the lead given by informant #15, and was reborn as Rorschach.
On the road to Damascus, Viedt comes to his revelations after eating a ball of hashish. His view of the world is through hallucinations about Kings and Destiny, of which has nothing to do with existentialism. Dr. M and Rorschach came into being by chance and accident, while Veidt to Ozymandias came into being by choice… just like the marooned sailor who chose to tie up Fifteen corpses, and sail home to enact his flawless plan.
In trying to connect the revelations between Veidt, Dr.M, and Rorschach, the Sweet Chariot wrapper motif in Veidt’s hallucination (XI.10.7) is a good connection for Rorschach. In a similar fashion, Veidt pretty much looks like Dr. M on Mars in that panel. Especially on (IV.20.4) where Dr. M talks about no longer wanting to look at long dead stars, while Veidt listens for the sounds of long dead kings.
Finally, in keeping with the Sweet Chariot/Elijah allegory for Rorschach, It is Dr. M (a new or future God) who kills (raptures) Rorschach in the snow, just like it is God who raptures Elijah to heaven to spare him from the upcoming tribulations.
Food for Thought... Sorry for the late replay!