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When I heard that we were watching V for Vendetta the other day in class I asked other people if the movie was supposed to be good because I have never heard of it. Everyone told me that it was actually a really good one and that I was a lucky that I was watching it. I am choosing to use the letter D for domino. I think the character V was a very smart and intelligent person in the movie. He was a test subject for the horrible experiments that were done of people in what I think was a jail or people that were just taken there for no reason I’m not sure. I am choosing D for domino because every move that V did was planned out and calculated to get regents against all of the corrupted people that destroyed his life that way he knew it. The dominoes literally fell into place one by one as he kill everyone that was involved in what was done to him in the movie. I was pretty disappointed that we didn’t get his real name or that we didn’t at least get to see what he looked like before all of the bad things started happening to him.

 

 

 

 

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“Artists use lies to tell the truth. Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.” -V V for Vendetta

A is for art. In V for Vendetta the citizens of England have been oppressed by their government under the guise of what seems beneficial to society. Much like what was witnessed in Nazi Germany when books which were deemed dangerous to the regime were burned and outlawed, many pieces of art and forms of expression have been outlawed in England in the film. Art represents expression and individualism, both concepts which the British government attempt to squelch to continue an uncontested rule over its citizens. When Dietrich mocks the chancellor on his show, a form of free speech, he is taken from his home and killed. The government fears the idea of individual thought and free speech.

V is in possession of an astonishingly large collection of art and historical relics which he reclaimed from the government vaults. This in itself speaks volumes to the ideals which move V. He wishes to reclaim the individualism that once existed prior to the chancellor coming to power. It is not the man behind the mask that is important, but rather the idea. Art is a type of mask for the artist. Creating “lies to tell the truth” allow an artist to speak out against the government.

 

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R is for Retribution

“Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.”

I believe that the main premise of the movie is retribution; from V wanting payback for what was done to him and also the people who are being controlled by a corrupt government. He broadcasts himself discussing events from the past which lead to the destruction of a country’s freedom and persuades most of the population that they need to gain back control. He convinces the common man that everyone has been under constant oppression for too long and to gather in a year’s time to take back their home. He speaks of retribution. Of overthrowing a government that was meant to save its people, but in the end only wanted to take full and complete control.

V has many great quotes in this film and he brings attention to the controlling government that ideas, while they do not appear threatening, are unbeatable. That the people just needed someone to start the fire, and that they would graciously follow.

“Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy. And ideas are bulletproof.”

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Aly Quintana Blog #6

G is for Government

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

When I watch this movie I think the main theme is government. I find the prime minister’s power and corruption to be the cause in the government’s ultimate downfall. Before this, government has controlled the media by lying to the public about events, news and other important matters relating to their everyday lives; the population was kept in fear in order to maintain structure and prevent chaos. For example, moral authority was an emphasis, and if you did not follow the rules and codes of these “laws”, you were punished and humiliated. Some believe the government resembled the Nazi power in Germany, dominating those who were citizens by using fear as their choice of weapon.

In my opinion, the government should not be against the people, but to work for them in order to maintain a safe and cohesive environment. It is the government’s duty to make laws that can be followed and regulated by the people, but can be adjusted when necessary. When a company chooses to “go to bed with the government”, they then are betraying the trust of the public and their right to be informed. Everything becomes a secret, making the public the “enemy” and using fear to avoid confrontation.  Despite this, however, the power of individuals coming together to fight as one is stronger than any fear placed upon them. The people fight and conquer what is rightfully theirs, thereby defeating the government and their “control” and lawful ways.

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Jsilverman Blog post 6

F is for Freedom. Freedom is taken for granted in life when there is nothing going against it. When there is facism, like in this movie, people must fight for their freedom at all costs. If you don’t then they will snatch it from you. We must always fight for freedom even if it causes struggle.

 

Freedom Forever

“Equality and freedom are not luxuries to lightly cast aside. Without them, order cannot long endure before approaching depths beyond imagining.”
― Alan MooreV for Vendetta

 

As I said earlier, freedom is taken for granted unless someone tries to take it from you. This picture, quote, and my Letter/word all intertwine with that main idea of freedom. The main idea is that equality and freedom are not luxuries and shouldn’t just be taken lightly. Without freedom and equality you cannot really live life to its fullest because you will always be doing something that someone else wants you to do and you won’t be able to control your own life. Fascism plays a huge role in V for Vendetta and V, a freedom fighter uses terrorist tactics to fight the oppressive society. V stands up and fights for what he believes in which helps him feel free. In other words if you don’t fight for what you believe in you will never truly live life.

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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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Csilverman Blog 6

STEP 1 – I chose the letter L is for Love. Clearly V is all about the people. The reason for the systematic killing of everyone in Norsefire is not only for himself but primarily for his love of the people. He goes on this violent killing spree of his former captors, and attempts to bring down the government purely for the sake of the people getting more power for themselves. V is fighting for justice and trying to convince the people to rule themselves.

 

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STEP 3 –

The first quote that connects with my symbol of L is for Love says People should not be afraid of their governments, Governments should be afraid of their people. This quote was in my opinion the reason for this entire movie. V thought that the government was to powerful and that the people needed to have more control of what happened in there lives. This quote is the basis of his beliefs and due to the fact that he believes that the government should have no control over the people and also because of what the government and Norsefire are doing to the people such as putting them in concentration camps, he goes on this violent and systematic killing spree to fight for the justice of the people. The other quote I used was “But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you,” This quote directly relates to my symbol of L is for Love. V is attempting to help the people as a whole, not based on favorites or who he knows. V is on a mission to let the people get control of their lives and clearly is displaying his love in battling against the government and many powerful forces.

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VARGAS BLOG 6

 

T is for Truth

 

“My father was a writer. You would’ve liked him. He used to say that artists use lies to tell the truth, while politicians use them to cover the truth up.”

The idea of truth was behind the movie in a way that the government manipulated the truth so that the people would believe and only know what the government wants them to know.

Throughout the movie we see the government trying to cover up the truth from the country and it’s people.  During the event in which V took over the news station and the cops ended up shooting an innocent, the government told the news to make it out to look like the cops shot the real V and didn’t mention that it was an innocent they killed.  V tried to expose the idea of truth through words and actions, the thing is that he hid his truth from the rest of the world.  It’s almost like V is trying to uncover the truth about its corrupt government to the people when he is doing the same as the government and covering up the truth about himself.  It seemed as more people started to side with V in recognizing the corrupt government, we learned something new about his past and who he is.  In the end we see the truth about V just like the people see the truth about the government to which they stood up against in rebellion.

 

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F is for friendship.

 

Evey Hammond: Who are you?
V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
Evey Hammond: Well I can see that.
V: Of course you can. I’m not questioning your powers of observation; I’m merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Evey Hammond: Oh. Right.
V: But on this most auspicious of nights, permit me then, in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet, to suggest the character of this dramatis persona.
V: Voilà! In view, a 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 by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
[carves “V” into poster on wall]

Evey Hammond: Are you, like, a crazy person?
V: I am quite sure they will say so.

 

 

 

This quote comes in the beginning of the film, right after V saves a young woman named Evey from getting raped by the Fingermen, the British government’s secret police force. This scene and conversation between V and Evey is essential the very beginning of their friendship. Here, Evey asks V who he is and Evey gets a glimpse of what she is in for.

 

After this conversation, V takes Evey into his hidden house known as the Shadow Gallery and tells her about his past and she agrees to help V bring down the British government for their evil acts they have committed. Right here is where they start to become allies and friends. Evey gets captured and thrown in jail, and will be released if she gives up information about V’s whereabouts. Evey does not give any information to the man in charge of the V investigation. She is even told that she will be executed immediately if she doesn’t give up any information. Here, Evey shows her loyalty and their true friendship is on display.

 

V leaves it up to Evey whether or not to destroy Parliament with the train. I believe that her decision is based upon their friendship, and ultimately she decides to send the train on its way. Although V said he was unfit for the decision, Evey knew that was what he wanted to do, and Evey followed her friend’s views and ultimately destroyed the corrupt Parliament.

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Whitehead Blog 6

E is for efficacy.  In Political Science the term “political efficacy” relates to people’s trust in their government, and their belief in their ability to have an impact on governmental affairs.  Within the film there are examples of both high and low levels of political efficacy.  At the beginning, historically speaking, when the Chancellor rose to power and a cure to the St. Mary’s virus was discovered efficacy was at high.  However, as the film continues efficacy naturally declines which allows for the revolution to take place.

Through the people’s faith within the government and their leader, the Chancellor was able to create the new position of high Chancellor.  The people had faith within him and faith that he would help the country get back on its feet after the war.  Also, with the cure of the St. Mary’s virus, the people were in love with the government and their country as a whole.  As a matter of fact, during the movie when the pills were being shown was actually one of the brightest points, in terms of color, throughout the film.  Through this efficacy, and fear due to several things, the government was able to gain prominence and influence over its people.  However, as the film continues peoples trust within the government declines.  A prime example of this is when the family is watching TV and not believing a word the news reporters are saying, knowing the reporters are controlled by the government.  These low levels of efficacy allow for V to organize his movement and gain prominence with the people.  In the end he uses this unity, unity against the government, to make his stamp on history.  Everyone is brought together and works together so that the message and ideology of the people can prevail.  Much like the domino scene, everyone has their place and all are needed in order to serve its function.  Like the domino’s, everyone must have their purpose or the whole thing can’t function; the domino design would be flawed, and the government should serve everyone rather than a couple.  The individual must be accounted for and the whole thing must operate as one so that the end result is a positive, and fundamentally/theoretically a true representation of the people.

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