Snowman and Dr. Manhattan: wandering as a metaphor of existence

Renata Pires de Souza


This article makes a comparison between two literary characters: Snowman, from the novel Oryx & Crake (2003) by Margaret Atwood, and Dr. Manhattan, from the graphic novel Watchmen (1987) by Alan Moore. The aim is to discuss the confluence in the construction of both figures, taking into account some literary criticism of the books from which they originate, as well as theoretical assumptions about questions concerning nomadism. By problematizing a range of subjects, it is possible to connect two characters with different specificities, since they share a feature of errant life and can be considered a subversion of the traditional hero.


Probation; Time; Detachment; Illusion.

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