false innocence By: nicole martinez

Is innocence better than knowing the truth?
Is innocence always a good thing?
Dave Gibbons portrayed recurring symbols throughout the comic book that added to the theme of innocence. The Comedian’s Badge (yellow smiley face pin) is one of the most repeated and ironic images shown. When the Comedian was getting beat up, blood from his mouth stained his badge, symbolizing that appearances can be superficial and flawed and not everything is not necessarily as well as it seems to be.
Laurie Juspeczyk resembled some innocence throughout the storyline because she knew her mother’s history with the Comedian but did not know that he was her father until Dr. Manhattan helped her figure it out. She never understood why Sally (her mother) had come to terms with the past and forgiven him until she knew the truth.
While innocence could have been favorable if Sally wanted to protect Laurie from the truth, the truth allowed Laurie to understand her mother better and get the closure she may have wanted about who her father was.
Rorschach also encountered false innocence when he was searching for a kidnapped child and found out that the girl had been murdered and fed to two dogs. The murderer claimed innocence by asking “where’s the evidence,” suggesting that he fed the “evidence” to the dogs to get rid of it.

When Adrian Veidt, “the smartest man on the planet,” heard about the threat of a nuclear war with the Soviets, he decided to do something about it. He made an elaborate plan that involved killing 15 million people and framing Dr. Manhattan to ultimately unite the world in peace (against their new common enemy). In order to do this, he had to trick Jon (Dr. Manhattan) into leaving the planet and he did so by convincing him that he caused many of his co-workers and his ex-girlfriend to have terminal cancer, leading him to exile himself to Mars.

Even in Mars, the smiley face symbol reappears, proving Jon’s innocence as he believes everything will be fine there but has no idea of what the situation on Earth actually is.
The innocence seen when Dr. Manhattan was told he was the cause of terminal cancer is an unhealthy kind because it is based on deception. Deception plays a huge role throughout the storyline, developing a false sense of innocence that is present in society.
After Veidt’s plan works and millions were killed “to save billions,” only the five “costumed” heroes know the truth about the attack. While this ending poses questions about moral relativism, it also questions whether the innocence of not knowing is worth the death of millions. In a way, it was necessary to kill some to save more and have world unity, but no one should be given the ability to make that decision.
Being innocent in this situation would have been beneficial in order to avoid the guilt and disgrace that would come with the truth.

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