Exploratory Essay: Themes of Little Shop of Horrors

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Exploratory Essay

English 1020

Rebecca Maestas

September 11th, 2014

Exploratory Essay

Two days ago in class I was pumped because I was able to talk about themes in the 1986

film adaption of Little Shop of Horrors, but the directors cut adaption of it where they decided to

follow the broadway version and just cut out the happy ending and just let everyone get eaten by

giant plants instead. After researching it I don't know how I was planning to discuss this but hey

let's see where this take us.

I know we have yet to read this, but I'm never going to pass up a chance to talk about

Alan Moore's Watchmen. In this book there is an extremely powerful scene where in jail

Rorschach tells his, for lack of better of words, true origin story(despite he was still Rorschach at

this point). He tells him about this kidnapping where while later in the book when he

investigating he had found the kidnapper has seem to have had already butchered the little girl

and give her remains to the dog. Now Rorschach does some eye for an eye things where he goes

and butchers the dogs, throws them at the returning kidnapper, and locks him up in the house,

and finally sets the house on fire. This scene is important because of what Rorschach has to say

on the matter. He says "It is not God who kills children. Not fate that butchers them or feeds

them to the dogs. It's us. Only us." This is an incredibly deep and powerful thing to say, that fate


doesn't guide our decisions, nor does some high being. Just us. And this coming from a masked

vigilante, especially from Rorschach who doesn't believe murder can be justified (despite his...