Originally Posted by Charles B
However, with DAWN, instead of just an overt example of fighting for survival (as in TTT), we start to wonder whether they're really fighting for their survival, or if they're fighting for the right to wear fur coats i.e. all the stuff in the mall, and it's when that thought really comes in that it starts to play a bit deeper and gets even more disturbing.
That's kind of my problem with the bikers though. They're no different to the zombies, or an army of orcs. They pose the simplest threat of all to Roger and co. - the threat of hostile invasion. The element of selfishness never really comes into it, as the bikers are such one-dimensional marauders, defending the mall becomes an act of self-defense. There's no suggestion that the bikers are there for anything more than to fuck shit up, so there's no ambiguity in killing them.
If the bikers were replaced with a less emotive group of general survivors - armed and desperate, but just trying to survive - then that adds an extra dimension to our "heroes" reaction. Because I believe, by that point, their reaction would be the same as it was with the bikers - they're hoarding pointless artefacts as much as food and clothing, and they're afraid of having to share. They'd just as quickly turn on anyone who tried to enter their little kingdom.
I just feel that by making the invaders in their domain such cut-and-dried "bad guys", the message about our selfishness under pressure is diluted - and that seems odd, as Romero isn't really one for diluting his work.