Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Rorschach Inkblot Tests

"Rorschach?" (Chapter 1, Page 10, Panel 9)

Rorschach's name comes from the infamous Rorschach Ink Blot Test, adminstered in the mental health field. The test has to do with association. A patient is shown the ink blot and supposed to tell the adminstrator of the test what it reminds him of or what it looks like. The patients unrehearsed response is supposed to reveal significant or repressed information about the patient. The effectivity of the test is now lessened due to more advanced tools of diagnostic medicine and the different interpretations doctors see in each response. Moore and Gibbon's decision to use a Rorschach test pattern as a mask for Rorschach helps to characterize him-- he sees things in black and white when sometimes things can't be seen in black and white. Rorschach's face is always changing, but Rorschach himself has a hard time dealing with the changing times.

Link: http://deltabravo.net/custody/rorschach.php

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