Watchmen

Watchmen

by

Alan Moore

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Dr. Malcolm Long Character Analysis

Malcolm Long is a psychiatrist who interviews Rorschach several times while he is in prison. Long is initially determined to psychoanalyze and cure Rorschach, since such a success would make him famous. However, rather than rehabilitating Rorschach into a healthy, positive person, Rorschach’s description of the world he’s seen causes Long to become increasingly nihilistic and disturbed, just like Rorschach.

Dr. Malcolm Long Quotes in Watchmen

The Watchmen quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Malcolm Long or refer to Dr. Malcolm Long. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the DC Comics edition of Watchmen published in 1986.
Chapter 6: The Abyss Gazes Also Quotes

Black and white. Moving. Changing shape… But not mixing. No gray. Very, very beautiful.

Related Symbols: Rorschach’s Mask
Page Number: 188
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[The Comedian] understood man’s capacity for horrors and never quit. Saw the world’s black underbelly and never surrendered. Once a man has seen, he can never turn his back on it. Never pretend it doesn’t exist. No matter who orders him to look the other way. We do not do this thing because it is permitted. We do it because we are compelled.

Page Number: 193
Explanation and Analysis:

Shock of impact ran along my arm. Jet of warmth spattered on chest, like hot faucet. It was Kovacs who said “mother” then, muffled under latex. It was Kovacs who closed his eyes. It was Rorschach who opened them again.

Page Number: 199
Explanation and Analysis:

This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us.

Page Number: 204
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dr. Malcolm Long Character Timeline in Watchmen

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Malcolm Long appears in Watchmen. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: The Abyss Gazes Also
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“From the notes of Dr. Malcolm Long. October 25th, 1985”: Dr. Long, a psychiatrist, holds his first interview with Walter Kovacs,... (full context)
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Long states that Kovacs was born in 1940 to Sylvia Glick. His father is unknown. Everyone... (full context)
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Dr. Long writes notes in his study, late at night. After Walter attacked the boys, the government... (full context)
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The next day, Dr. Long interviews Kovacs again. He calls him “Walter” and asks him to talk about Rorschach. Kovacs... (full context)
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...himself a “face” he can finally bear to look at: his mask. In prison, Dr. Long tries to convince Kovacs that not all people are rotten. Kovacs tells Long that Long... (full context)
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Later, the deputy warden calls Long to tell him that Kovacs attacked an inmate in the cafeteria. The inmate was about... (full context)
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“From the notes of Dr. Malcolm Long. October 27th, 1985”: Kovacs says he felt like he had to become Rorschach, but... (full context)
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As Malcolm Long’s notes continue the next day, Kovacs reveals everything to Long. Long gives Kovacs the... (full context)
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...and as Rorschach, he can leave his own mark on it as well. Disturbed, Dr. Long leaves the interview. (full context)
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“From the notes of Dr. Malcolm Long. October 28th, 1985”: Long walks home, bothered by news of war in the Middle... (full context)
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 Malcolm Long sits on his bed and stares at a Rorschach blot. He tries to see... (full context)
Chapter 11: Look on My Works, Ye Mighty…
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On the street corner, Gloria Long asks the news vendor if he’s seen her husband. They talk briefly, but she spots... (full context)
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On the street corner, Gloria finds Malcolm and tells him that she wants him back. She misses him. In the background, Joey... (full context)
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...named Bernard. The other man doesn’t care, though. He notices Joey beating up Aline, with Malcolm intervening, just as Detective Steven Fine arrives as well. (full context)