ABebout – Blog 6

J is for Justice.

The concept of justice is one of the predominant themes in “V for Vendetta”. Throughout the entire movie, V is fighting for justice on his behalf and on behalf of all the other individuals who have been afflicted by the British government. There are two different types of justice in this film: personal justice and universal justice. The personal justice pertains to his own suffering, which was caused by the government creating a virus outbreak. However, V also fights for universal justice on behalf of all the individuals who have been negatively affected by the government.

An excellent example of V bringing personal justice against the people involved in the St. Mary’s incident was when he murdered Dr. Delia Surridge. V confronts her directly and exposes her wrongdoings from her experimental work at Larkhill. She is the only wrongdoer involved in the virus outbreak that asked V for forgiveness for her crime. In this specific case, this scene reflects that even the wrongdoer acknowledges that justice is essential for the horror associated with this crime. This justice is very personal in nature because Dr. Delia Surridge was the head physician at Larkhill, and injected the virus into the prisoners at Larkhill – one of them being V, who was the only prisoner that survived from the poison. He does seek justice on behalf of the other prisoners killed. However, it is understood that this act is more personal in nature; thus, because of that, this can be viewed as revenge.

V does seek justice for all of humanity based on his own personal suffering at the government’s hand. He is also inspired to seek vengeance after he reads Valerie’s inspirational letter. (She is viewed as a universal symbol for justice in  the film.)  When he is introducing himself to Evey, he defines himself through an alliteration speech as a “victim” of evil; and because he is a victim, he must bring justice upon the inflictor by being a “villain”:

“But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace soubriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona. Voila! In view humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the “vox populi” now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified, and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin, van guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.”

He mentions in his speech that the only solution is “a vendetta, held as a votive not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.” Through this brilliant speech, he already sets up the plot for this movie. The audience is already given a summary of what the movie’s theme is: bringing justice against the inflictor.

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  1. Posted January 15, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    I like this J for justice because i believe that exactly what he was looking for and got it in the end.

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